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

The unemployment rate in Canada was unchanged at 5.8 percent in March of 2018 from the previous month, in line with market consensus. The jobless rate remained at its lowest level since 1976 for the second straight month. Employment rose by 32,300, more than an expected 20,000 gain, driven by job adds in construction and public administration as well as a recovery in full-time work (+68,300). In contrast, part-time employment was down (-35,900). 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 Steady at 5.8% in March


The unemployment rate in Canada was unchanged at 5.8 percent in March of 2018 from the previous month, in line with market consensus. The jobless rate remained at its lowest level since 1976 for the second straight month. Employment rose by 32,300, more than an expected 20,000 gain, driven by job adds in construction and public administration as well as a recovery in full-time work (+68,300). In contrast, part-time employment was down (-35,900).

In March, among the core-aged population (25 to 54 years old), employment increased for women (+26,000) and decreased for men (-22,000). At the same time, employment was up for youth aged 15 to 24 (+18,000), and was little changed for people 55 years and older.

Employment rose in Quebec (+16,000) and Saskatchewan (+4,200), while there was little change in the other provinces, such as Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.

There were more people working in construction (+18,300), public administration (+11,900) and agriculture (+8,100).

The number of public sector employees edged up (+19,600), while the number of private sector employees and self-employed held steady.

On a year-over-year basis, total employment rose by 296,000 (+1.6 percent), with the number of full-time workers increasing by 335,000 (+2.3 percent). Over the same period, total hours worked grew by 2.2 percent.


Statistics Canada | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
4/6/2018 1:24:44 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-02-09 01:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.9% 5.8% 5.8% 5.7%
2018-03-09 01:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.8% 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%
2018-06-08 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.9%
2018-07-06 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.9%


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.80 5.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18604.80 18572.50 18645.10 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1142.10 1144.30 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -35.90 54.70 136.30 -137.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 68.30 -39.30 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 32.30 15.40 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.50 65.50 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 10.90 11.10 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 24.86 24.75 24.86 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 25.14 25.96 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 16438.80 16439.60 16439.60 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 42.80 32.70 59.20 -13.50 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.70 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 April 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 16.55 Dec/17
Brazil 12.60 Feb/18
Italy 10.90 Feb/18
Turkey 10.80 Jan/18
France 8.90 Dec/17
Euro Area 8.50 Feb/18
Canada 5.80 Mar/18
Australia 5.50 Mar/18
Indonesia 5.50 Sep/17
Russia 5.00 Mar/18
United Kingdom 4.20 Feb/18
United States 4.10 Mar/18
South Korea 4.00 Mar/18
China 3.90 Dec/17
Netherlands 3.90 Mar/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.50 Feb/18
Mexico 3.20 Feb/18
Switzerland 2.90 Mar/18
Japan 2.50 Feb/18


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