Canada Unemployment Rate 1966-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Unemployment Rate in Canada remained unchanged at 6.80 percent in July from 6.80 percent in June of 2015. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.73 percent from 1966 until 2015, 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. Unemployment Rate in Canada is reported by the Statistics Canada.

Canada Unemployment Rate
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.80 6.80 13.10 2.90 1966 - 2015 percent Monthly
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. Content for - Canada Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-06-05 01:30 PM May 6.8% 6.8% 6.8% 6.8%
2015-07-10 01:30 PM Jun 6.8% 6.8% 6.9% 6.8%
2015-08-07 01:30 PM Jul 6.8% 6.8% 6.8% 6.8%
2015-09-04 01:30 PM Aug 6.8% 6.8% 6.8%
2015-10-09 01:30 PM Sep 6.8
2015-11-06 01:30 PM Oct 6.8


Canada Unemployment Rate Unchanged in July


Canada jobless rate held steady at 6.8 percent for the sixth consecutive month in July of 2015, as widely expected. The economy gained 6.6 thousand jobs.

Compared with 12 months earlier, employment increased by 161,000 or 0.9%, the result of more full-time work. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked rose 1.2 percent. 

In July, employment increased among men aged 25 to 54 by 19,000, while there was little change among the other demographic groups.

Provincially, employment rose in Quebec and Nova Scotia. At the same time, there were declines in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island.

Employment was up in professional, scientific and technical services as well as public administration. There were fewer people working in finance, insurance, real estate and leasing.

The number of self-employed workers rose in July, while there was little change among public and private sector employees.

The participation rate decreased by 0.1 percent to 65.7 percent. 

Youth unemployment rate rose to 13.2 percent from 12.9 percent in the previous month. 

Statistics Canada | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
8/7/2015 1:56:46 PM


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Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.80 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 17954.00 17947.40 17954.00 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment -17.30 64.80 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 6.60 -6.40 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1306.00 1303.90 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.20 12.90 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Productivity 107.59 107.73 107.73 69.61 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.70 65.80 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Wages 23.56 23.67 23.81 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 24.25 24.62 24.82 14.96 CAD/Hour [+]
Labour Costs 115.08 113.70 115.08 49.37 Index Points [+]
Population 35.67 35.35 35.67 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 [+]
Minimum Wages 11.00 10.25 11.00 1.00 CAD/Hour [+]
Part Time Employment 23.90 -71.20 136.30 -79.30 Thousand Persons [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.30 Jul/15 6.00 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 7.50 Jul/15 6.90 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Jul/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.04 Jun/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.10 Jun/15 11.10 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.30 Mar/15 10.40 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Jun/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.81 Mar/15 5.94 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.70 Jun/15 12.50 13.00 5.80 percent [+]
Japan 3.30 Jul/15 3.40 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.72 Jul/15 4.41 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 6.80 Jul/15 6.90 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.30 Jul/15 5.40 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Jul/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 22.37 Jun/15 23.78 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.10 Jul/15 3.10 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 9.30 May/15 9.60 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 Jun/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.30 Jul/15 5.30 10.80 2.50 percent [+]