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Canadian Unemployment at 5.5%

October 11 2019 - Statistics Canada reported that employment rose by 54,000 in September, including 70,000 full-time gains and a drop of 16,300 part-time jobs. The unemployment rate fell by 0.2% to 5.5%. Employment has increased by 456,000 over the year with gains in both full- and part-time work. Employment increased mainly in Ontario and Nova Scotia in September. It was largely unchanged elsewhere.

Visit Statistics Canada's "Labour Force Survey in brief: Interactive app." to explore recent results from the Labour Survey.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 11.5% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 4.8% and British Columbia. (Quebec).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 11.5% (13.1%)
  • Prince Edward Island 8.8% (8.9%)
  • Nova Scotia 7.2% (7.9%)
  • New Brunswick 8.3% (8.6%)
  • Quebec 4.8% (4.7%)
  • Ontario 5.3% (5.6%)
  • Manitoba 5.0% (5.6%)
  • Saskatchewan 5.3% (5.1%)
  • Alberta 6.6% (7.2%)
  • British Columbia 4.8% (5.0%)

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