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

The unemployment rate in Canada remained unchanged at 5.8 percent in April of 2018 from the previous month and in line with market expectations. The jobless rate was at its lowest level since 1976 for the third consecutive month. Employment declined by 1,100, well below than an expected 17,400 gain, mainly due to job losses in wholesale and retail trade and in construction sector. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.67 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 Unchanged at 5.8% in April


The unemployment rate in Canada remained unchanged at 5.8 percent in April of 2018 from the previous month and in line with market expectations. The jobless rate was at its lowest level since 1976 for the third consecutive month. Employment declined by 1,100, well below than an expected 17,400 gain, mainly due to job losses in wholesale and retail trade and in construction sector.

In April, among the core-age population (25 to 54 years old), employment increased by 29,000, boosted by a rise for women (+20,000). Meantime, employment dropped by 23,000 for youth aged (15 to 24 years old) and was little changed among people aged 55 and over.

Employment went up in Manitoba (+4,100) and Nova Scotia (+2,700) while fell in Saskatchewan (-4,900). In Ontario, employment was steady while in Quebec and British Columbia there was almost no change.

There were more people working in professional, scientific and technical services (+21,000) and accommodation and food services (+17,000). On the other hand, jobs were shed in wholesale and retail trade (-22,000) and construction (-19,000).

The number of public and private sector employees and the number of self-employed workers were little changed in April.

On a year-over-year basis, employment rose by 278,000 (+1.5 percent), as the number of full-time workers jumped by 378,000  (+2.6 percent), while the part-time workers edged down by 100,000 (-2.8 percent).


Statistics Canada | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com
5/11/2018 1:30:45 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-03-09 01:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.8% 5.9% 5.9% 5.90%
2018-04-06 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.8% 5.8% 5.8% 5.8%
2018-05-11 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.8% 5.8% 5.8% 5.8%
2018-06-08 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.8% 5.9%
2018-07-06 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.9%
2018-08-10 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.8%


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.80 5.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18603.70 18604.80 18645.10 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1155.00 1142.10 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -30.00 -35.90 136.30 -137.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 28.80 68.30 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change -1.10 32.30 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.40 65.50 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.10 10.90 20.70 10.30 percent [+]
Productivity 109.75 109.54 110.12 69.08 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 116.91 114.90 116.91 49.37 Index Points [+]
Wages 24.98 24.86 24.98 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 25.13 25.14 26.30 14.96 CAD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 14.00 11.40 14.00 1.00 CAD/Hour [+]
Population 36.96 36.89 36.96 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 16491.90 16449.80 16491.90 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 469795.00 467685.00 469795.00 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 30.20 42.80 59.20 -13.50 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.60 61.70 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 May of 2018.

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




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.74 Mar/18
Brazil 13.10 Mar/18
Italy 11.00 Mar/18
Turkey 10.60 Feb/18
France 8.90 Dec/17
Euro Area 8.50 Mar/18
Canada 5.80 Apr/18
Australia 5.60 Apr/18
Indonesia 5.13 Mar/18
Russia 4.90 Apr/18
United Kingdom 4.20 Mar/18
Netherlands 3.90 Apr/18
United States 3.90 Apr/18
China 3.89 Mar/18
South Korea 3.80 Apr/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.40 Mar/18
Mexico 2.90 Mar/18
Switzerland 2.70 Apr/18
Japan 2.50 Mar/18


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