Canada Unemployment Rate  1966-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in Canada increased to 5.9 percent in January of 2018 from an upwardly revised 5.8 percent in December and market expectations of 5.8 percent. Employment fell by 88,000, the most since January of 2009 as part-time employment declined by 137,000 while full-time employment was up by 49,000. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.68 percent from 1966 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 13.10 percent in December of 1982 and a record low of 2.90 percent in June of 1966.

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Canada Jobless Rate Edges Up to 5.9%


The unemployment rate in Canada increased to 5.9 percent in January of 2018 from an upwardly revised 5.8 percent in December and market expectations of 5.8 percent. Employment fell by 88,000, the most since January of 2009 as part-time employment declined by 137,000 while full-time employment was up by 49,000.

Employment declined for core-aged women (25 to 54 years old), as well as people 55 and older and youth aged 15 to 24. There was little change for core-aged men.

The employment decreased the most in Ontario (-51,000) and Quebec (-17,000) followed by New Brunswick (-5,800) and Manitoba (-3,600).

Jobs were shed across a number of industries, including educational services (-20,000); finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing (-18,000); professional, scientific and technical services (-17,000); construction (-15,000); and health care and social assistance (-11,000). On the other hand, employment increased in business, building, and other support services (+11,000).

In January, the number of employees fell in both the private (-71,000) and public (-41,000) sectors, while the number of self-employed workers held steady.

On a year-over-year basis, employment went up by 289,000 or 1.6 percent driven by full-time work (+414,000 or +2.8 percent), while there were fewer people working part time (-125,000 or -3.5 percent). Over the same period, hours worked rose by 2.8 percent.


Statistics Canada | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
2/9/2018 5:35:28 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-12-01 01:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.9% 6.3% 6.2% 6.2%
2018-01-05 01:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.7% 5.9% 6% 5.9%
2018-02-09 01:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.9% 5.8% 5.8% 5.7%
2018-03-09 01:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.9% 5.90%
2018-04-06 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.90%
2018-05-11 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.90%


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.90 5.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18557.10 18645.10 18645.10 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1153.40 1139.10 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -137.00 41.60 136.30 -137.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 49.00 23.20 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change -88.00 64.80 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.50 65.80 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 10.90 10.30 20.70 10.30 percent [+]
Productivity 108.99 109.62 109.79 69.08 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 114.90 114.65 116.47 49.37 Index Points [+]
Wages 24.45 24.34 24.67 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 25.46 25.13 26.30 14.96 CAD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 14.00 11.40 14.00 1.00 CAD/Hour [+]
Population 36.89 35.99 36.89 17.91 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 16348.60 16370.50 16370.50 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 467685.00 460215.00 467685.00 329710.00 [+]
Living Wage Family 2690.00 2860.00 2930.00 2690.00 CAD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1970.00 2050.00 2080.00 1970.00 CAD/Month [+]
Adp Employment Change 10.70 -13.50 59.20 -13.50 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.70 62.00 63.70 56.00 percent [+]


Canada Unemployment Rate

In Canada, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - Canada Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Canada Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.90 5.80 13.10 2.90 1966 - 2018 percent Monthly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.55 Dec/17
Brazil 11.80 Dec/17
Italy 10.80 Dec/17
Turkey 10.30 Nov/17
France 8.90 Dec/17
Euro Area 8.70 Dec/17
Canada 5.90 Jan/18
Australia 5.50 Jan/18
Indonesia 5.50 Sep/17
Russia 5.20 Jan/18
United Kingdom 4.40 Dec/17
Netherlands 4.20 Jan/18
United States 4.10 Jan/18
China 3.90 Dec/17
Germany 3.60 Dec/17
South Korea 3.60 Jan/18
India 3.46 Dec/16
Switzerland 3.30 Jan/18
Mexico 3.10 Dec/17
Japan 2.80 Dec/17


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