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Canadian Unemployment at 6.8%

March 13 2015 - Statistics Canada reported that employment changed little in February but unemployment rose by 0.2% to 6.8% as more people joined the job market. Employment is up by 130,000 compared with a year ago, mostly achieved in the last half of the year. Employment rose in Quebec but fell in Alberta, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 12.6% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 5.0% (Saskatchewan).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 12.6% (11.4%)
  • Prince Edward Island 10.1% (10.2%)
  • Nova Scotia 9.1% (8.4%)
  • New Brunswick 10.4% (10.0%)
  • Quebec 7.4% (7.4%)
  • Ontario 6.9% (6.9%)
  • Manitoba 5.6% (6.0%)
  • Saskatchewan 5.0% (4.5%)
  • Alberta 5.3% (4.5%)
  • British Columbia 6.0% (5.6%)

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