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Canadian Unemployment at 6.5%

May 12 2017 - Statistics Canada reported that employment was little changed in April, and the unemployment rate fell by 0.2% to 6.5%. This is the lowest rate since October 2008. Employment has increased by 276,000 over the year. Employment increased in British Columbia and Prince Edward Island but changed little in other provinces.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 14.0% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 5.4% (Manitoba).

Rates for all the provinces were (previous month in brackets):

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 14.0% (14.9%)
  • Prince Edward Island 10.3% (10.1%)
  • Nova Scotia 8.3% (8.6%)
  • New Brunswick 8.7% (8.4%)
  • Quebec 6.6% (6.4%)
  • Ontario 5.8% (6.4%)
  • Manitoba 5.4% (5.5%)
  • Saskatchewan 6.2% (6.0%)
  • Alberta 7.9% (8.4%)
  • British Columbia 5.5% (5.4%)




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