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Canadian Unemployment at 7.1%

January 8 2016 - Statistics Canada reported that employment rose by 23,000 jobs (mostly for the over-55s) in December. Employment is up by 158,000 compared with a year ago, an increase of 0.9%. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.1% Employment rose in Ontario but fell in Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Prince Edward Island.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 14.4% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 5.5% (Saskatchewan).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 14.4% (13.0%)
  • Prince Edward Island 9.7% (10.4%)
  • Nova Scotia 8.6% (8.6%)
  • New Brunswick 8.9% (8.7%)
  • Quebec 7.8% (7.5%)
  • Ontario 6.7% (6.9%)
  • Manitoba 5.9% (6.1%)
  • Saskatchewan 5.5% (5.5%)
  • Alberta 7.0% (7.0%)
  • British Columbia 6.7% (6.2%)

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