Despite the decline in March, employment was 1.2% or 203,000 above the level of 12 months earlier, with the increase mainly in full-time work. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked also rose by 1.2%.
Provincially, employment declined in Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta, and edged down in Ontario. The only province with an increase was Nova Scotia.
In March, there were fewer people employed in three industries: accommodation and food services, public administration and manufacturing. At the same time, there was little change in the other industries.
There were 85,000 fewer private-sector employees in March, while the number of self-employed rose by 39,000 and the number of public-sector employees was little changed. Compared with 12 months earlier, the number of private-sector employees increased by 1.0% or 111,000, while the number of self-employed was up 2.1% or 55,000 as a result of the gains in March. Public-sector employment was little changed over the 12-month period.
Employment in March decreased among people aged 25 to 54, while there was little change among youths and people aged 55 and over.