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Canadian Unemployment at 6.6%

February 6 2015 - Statistics Canada reported that employment increased by 35,000 in January, mostly part-time jobs. Unemployment fell by 0.1% to 6.6%. Employment is up by 128,000 compared with a year ago, mostly achieved in the last half of the year. Employment rose in Quebec, Alberta, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island during the month but declined in Saskatchewan.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 11.4% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 4.5% (Alberta and Saskatchewan).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 11.4% (11.8%)
  • Prince Edward Island 10.2% (11.1%)
  • Nova Scotia 8.4% (8.4%)
  • New Brunswick 10.0% (10.0%)
  • Quebec 7.4% (7.5%)
  • Ontario 6.9% (7.0%)
  • Manitoba 6.0% (5.4%)
  • Saskatchewan 4.5% (3.7%)
  • Alberta 4.5% (4.7%)
  • British Columbia 5.6% (5.5%)

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