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Canadian Unemployment at 7.0%

September 9 2016 - Statistics Canada reported that employment rose by 26,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate rose by 0.1% to 7.0% as more people were looking for work. Employment has increased by 77,000 over the year, all in part-time jobs. Employment increased in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador but fell in New Brunswick, while other provinces experienced little change in August.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 12.3% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 5.5% (British Columbia).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 12.3% (12.8%)
  • Prince Edward Island 12.1% (9.6%)
  • Nova Scotia 8.5% (8.4%)
  • New Brunswick 9.4% (9.7%)
  • Quebec 7.1% (7.0%)
  • Ontario 6.7% (6.4%)
  • Manitoba 5.9% (6.2%)
  • Saskatchewan 6.3% (6.3%)
  • Alberta 8.4% (8.6%)
  • British Columbia 5.5% (5.6%)




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