Canada Unemployment Rate  1966-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in Canada decreased to 6.3 percent in July of 2017 from 6.5 percent in the previous month and better than market expectations of 6.5 percent. It is the lowest jobless rate since October of 2008. The number of unemployed persons fell by 23.5 thousand while employed rose 10.9 thousand, beating market consensus of a 10 thousand increase. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.69 percent from 1966 until 2017, 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 Lowest Since 2008


The unemployment rate in Canada decreased to 6.3 percent in July of 2017 from 6.5 percent in the previous month and better than market expectations of 6.5 percent. It is the lowest jobless rate since October of 2008. The number of unemployed persons fell by 23.5 thousand while employed rose 10.9 thousand, beating market consensus of a 10 thousand increase

Unemployment decreased by 23,500 to 1,246,800, and employment went up by 10.9 thousand to 18,421,900. Full-time employment increased by 35.1 thousand while part-time employment decreased by 24.3 thousand.

There were more people working wholesale and retail trade (+21,700); information culture and recreation (+18,300); manufacturing (+14,000); transportation (8,400) and natural resources (8,000). In contrast, there were 10,000 fewer people working in agriculture and public administration (-10,300).

The number of employees was little changed in both the private and public sectors. 

Employment rose in Ontario and Manitoba, while it declined in Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador as well as in Prince Edward Island.

The participation rate decreased slightly to 65.7 percent from 65.9 percent in the previous month.

Statistics Canada |Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
8/4/2017 1:13:51 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-06-09 12:30 PM May 6.6% 6.5% 6.6% 6.5%
2017-07-07 12:30 PM Jun 6.5% 6.6% 6.6% 6.6%
2017-08-04 12:30 PM Jul 6.3% 6.5% 6.5% 6.5%
2017-09-08 12:30 PM Aug 6.3% 6.3%
2017-10-06 12:30 PM Sep 6.3%
2017-11-03 12:30 PM Oct 6.2%


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.30 6.50 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18421.90 18411.00 18421.90 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1246.80 1270.30 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -24.30 37.10 136.30 -89.80 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 35.10 8.10 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 10.90 45.30 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.70 65.90 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.10 12.00 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Productivity 109.64 108.15 109.64 69.08 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 115.48 116.36 116.47 49.37 Index Points [+]
Wages 24.31 24.73 24.73 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 25.19 26.55 26.55 14.96 CAD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 11.40 11.40 11.40 1.00 CAD/Hour [+]
Population 36.44 35.99 36.44 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 [+]
Living Wage Family 1777.70 1777.80 1777.80 1750.90 CAD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1514.65 1514.72 1514.72 1506.91 CAD/Month [+]
Job Vacancies 387505.00 381270.00 437370.00 329710.00 [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 16150.30 16130.80 16150.30 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.60 61.60 63.70 56.00 percent [+]


Canada Unemployment Rate Notes

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 August of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.30 6.50 13.10 2.90 1966 - 2017 percent Monthly



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