Canada added almost one-million jobs in June: Stats Canada

Marco Green
July 11, 2020

In contrast, Statistics Canada on Friday reported significant declines in the jobless rates for both Ontario and Canada's COVID-19-clobbered economies, each falling by almost one and a half percentage points as the province and nation ease restrictions to curb the virus. However, 1.4 million Canadians are still working limited hours compared to February.

Economists expect the report will show a bump in employment as a result, further recouping some of the approximately three million jobs lost over March and April.

However, with businesses reopening in the province's restart, she said this sector has also seen significant job gains recently.

The unemployment rate dropped to 12.3 percent in June after hitting a record-high of 13.7 percent in May.

"In June, as COVID-19-related restrictions eased, the number of people participating in the labour force rose by 786,000 (+4.1%)".

Gain in employment, however, were not equal.

"While this was the largest monthly decline on record, the unemployment rate remains much higher than February", when it was at 5.6 percent, Statistics Canada said.

Despite the strong advances of the past two months, the level of employment in Canada is still about 9% below what it was in February, the data agency said.

The city's Labour Participation Rate was 54 per cent last month.

However, he emphasized "there's more layoffs coming because many business that are still operating are discovering that they are not viable because of social distancing restrictions and changes to consumer shopping habits, the closure of the border, the collapse of tourism, you name it". But every province added at least a small number of jobs. These individuals are not reflected in unemployment figures because they did not actively look for work, presumably due to the pandemic shutdowns.

Though the increase in part-time jobs was a 17.9% increase from the previous month while full-time was only 3.5%. Temporary layoffs had driven unemployment up by nearly half in the April survey.

Saskatchewan saw an increase of over 30,000 jobs as the province's economy reopened.

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