Compared with 12 months earlier, employment increased 1.2% or 203,000. Virtually all of this growth was in full-time work, up 192,000 (+1.4%). The total number of hours worked rose 1.3% over the same period.
Employment for the month increased in manufacturing, educational services, retail and wholesale trade, and agriculture. At the same time, information, culture and recreation as well as construction showed declines.
Provincially, employment rose in Alberta and New Brunswick, while it fell in Prince Edward Island. There was little change in the other provinces.
In May, employment increased among men aged 25 and over, and changed little in the other major demographic groups.
The number of employees and self-employed held steady in May. Employment growth over the previous 12 months was all among private sector employees (+1.7%).