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Canadian Unemployment at 6.5%

December 5 2014 - Statistics Canada reported that employment changed little in November. Unemployment rose by 0.1% to 6.6%. Employment is up by 146,000 compared with a year ago, mostly achieved in the last two months prior to November. Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador had improved figures while employment declined in Ontario and Saskatchewan during the month.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 10.7% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 3.4% (Saskatchewan).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 10.7% (12.0%)
  • Prince Edward Island 10.5% (9.2%)
  • Nova Scotia 8.8% (8.6%)
  • New Brunswick 9.6% (9.3%)
  • Quebec 7.6% (7.7%)
  • Ontario 7.0% (6.5%)
  • Manitoba 5.1% (5.0%)
  • Saskatchewan 3.4% (3.5%)
  • Alberta 4.5% (4.5%)
  • British Columbia 5.8% (6.1%)

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