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

The unemployment rate in Canada rose to 6.0 percent in August of 2018 from 5.8 percent in the previous month and above market expectations of 5.9 percent. Following two months of increases, employment decreased by 51,600, after creating 54,100 in July and well below market consensus of a 5,000 gain, as part-time employment dropped (-92,000) while full time advanced (+40,400). Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.66 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 Rises to 6% in August


The unemployment rate in Canada rose to 6.0 percent in August of 2018 from 5.8 percent in the previous month and above market expectations of 5.9 percent. Following two months of increases, employment decreased by 51,600, after creating 54,100 in July and well below market consensus of a 5,000 gain, as part-time employment dropped (-92,000) while full time advanced (+40,400).

Employment fell mainly in Ontario (-80,000) while went up in Alberta (+16,000) and Manitoba (+2,600). In Quebec and other provinces employment was almost unchanged.

There were employment decreases in professional, scientific and technical services (-22,100); wholesale and retail trade (-19,600); construction (-16,400); information, culture and recreation (-7,000); finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing (-5,700); agriculture (-4,800); public administration (-3,500) and natural resources (-2,500). Meantime, employment recorded gains in business, building and other support services (+10,000).

The number of public sector employees dropped by 38,000, while the number of employees in the private sector and self-employed workers were almost unchanged.

In August, employment went down for both women and men aged 55 and over. For women in this age group employment decreased by 28,000 and for men by 22,000. Employment for core-aged population (25 to 54) and for youth aged 15 to 24 was almost unchanged.

The labour force participation rate fell slightly to 65.3 percent from 65.4 percent in July and down from market forecasts of 65.4 percent.


Statistics Canada | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com
9/7/2018 1:09:07 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-07-06 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 6% 5.8% 5.8% 5.8%
2018-08-10 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.8% 6% 5.9% 5.9%
2018-09-07 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 6% 5.8% 5.9% 5.8%
2018-10-05 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 6% 6%
2018-11-02 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 6%
2018-12-07 01:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.9%


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.00 5.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18630.50 18682.10 18682.10 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1195.20 1160.40 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -92.00 82.00 136.30 -137.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 40.40 -28.00 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change -51.60 54.10 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.30 65.40 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 10.90 11.10 20.70 10.30 percent [+]
Productivity 109.99 109.25 109.99 69.08 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 116.80 117.22 117.22 49.37 Index Points [+]
Wages 24.86 24.84 25.06 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 25.47 25.26 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 16584.00 16542.60 16584.00 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 462280.00 469795.00 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 13.60 35.50 59.00 -13.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.40 61.60 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 September of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.00 5.80 13.10 2.90 1966 - 2018 percent Monthly




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