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Canadian Unemployment at 8.1%

May 7 2021 - Statistics Canada reported that employment fell by 207,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate increased by 0.6% to 8.1% as renewed Covi-19 pandemic measures were implemented.

There were falls in both part-time (-78,000) and full-time (-129,000) jobs. Employment fell in Ontario and British Columbia. It grew in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick but remained little changed elsewhere.

Self-employment held steady in April.

The unemployment rate rose by 0.6% to 8.1%. It had reached 13.7% at its worst in May 2020, compared with 5.6% in February 2020.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 13.9% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 6.6% (Quebec). (Quebec).

Rates for provinces were (previous month in brackets):

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 13.9% (12.4%)
  • Prince Edward Island 8.2% (8.1%)
  • Nova Scotia 8.1% (8.6%)
  • New Brunswick 8.5% (9.2%)
  • Quebec 6.6% (6.4%)
  • Ontario 9.0% (7.5%)
  • Manitoba 7.4% (6.8%)
  • Saskatchewan 6.6% (7.3%)
  • Alberta 9.0% (9.1%)
  • British Columbia 7.1% (6.9%)




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