Canadian unemployment rate unchanged in August


Employment edged up by an estimated 23,000 in August. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at its 33-year low of 6.0%, as more people entered the labour force in search of work.

The added employment in August brought overall gains for the first eight months of the year to an estimated 232,000 or 1.4%, slightly higher than the growth observed over the same period last year (+1.2%).

Older workers, particularly women, experienced strong employment growth in August, bringing total gains for the 55 and over age group to 4.6% since the start of the year.

Employment gains in the goods sector in August came primarily from construction. This industry continued to be one of the strongest sources of employment growth in 2007, up 5.8% so far this year.

Strength in student employment continued in August, particularly for those aged 15 to 19. The average employment rate for students aged 15 to 24 this summer was the highest since 1991.


Canada's National Statistical Agency
9/7/2007 6:06:10 AM