Canada Unemployment Rate Steady at 6.8%


Canadian jobless rate was recorded at 6.8 percent in March of 2015, the same as in the previous month as employment increased by a better-than-expected 29,000, driven by gains in part-time work.

Compared with the previous month, the economy added 56.8 thousand part-time jobs while full-time work lost 25.2 thousand jobs. 

There were more people working in retail and wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, educational services and natural resources in March. At the same time, there were fewer people working in construction, public administration as well as agriculture.

The number of public sector workers increased in March. There was little change in the number of private sector employees and the self-employed.

In March, employment rose among women aged 55 and older, while there was little change among the other demographic groups.

Over the first quarter, employment gains totaled 63,000 (+0.4 percent), the result of more part-time work.

In the 12 months to March, employment increased by 138,000 (+0.8 percent), with most of the growth in full-time work. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked was little changed (+0.1 percent).

Statistics Canada | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
4/10/2015 1:40:32 PM