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Canadian Unemployment at 5.6%

March 6 2020 - Statistics Canada reported that employment increased by 30,000 in February. The unemployment rate rose by 0.1 points to 5.6%. Employment has increased by 245,000 over the year with gains entirely driven by full-time jobs. Employment rose in Quebec, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Manitoba during February. It was largely unchanged elsewhere.

Visit Statistics Canada's "Labour Force Survey in brief: Interactive app." to explore recent results from the Labour Survey.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 12.0% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 4.5% (Quebec). (Quebec).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 12.0% (11.9%)
  • Prince Edward Island 8.0% (7.5%)
  • Nova Scotia 7.8% (7.4%)
  • New Brunswick 6.9% (7.5%)
  • Quebec 4.5% (5.1%)
  • Ontario 5.5% (5.2%)
  • Manitoba 5.0% (5.1%)
  • Saskatchewan 6.2% (6.0%)
  • Alberta 7.2% (7.3%)
  • British Columbia 5.0% (4.5%)

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