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Canadian Unemployment at 6.8%

February 10 2017 - Statistics Canada reported that employment rose by 48,000 jobs in January, mostly in the service sector, and the unemployment rate fell by 0.1% to 6.8%. Employment has increased by 276,000 over the year, with full-time jobs featuring. Employment increased in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, while fewer people worked in New Brunswick.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 13.8% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 5.6% (British Columbia).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 13.8% (15.1%)
  • Prince Edward Island 9.8% (10.5%)
  • Nova Scotia 7.7% (8.3%)
  • New Brunswick 8.9% (9.3%)
  • Quebec 6.2% (6.5%)
  • Ontario 6.4% (6.4%)
  • Manitoba 6.1% (6.3%)
  • Saskatchewan 6.4% (6.6%)
  • Alberta 8.8% (8.5%)
  • British Columbia 5.6% (5.8%)

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