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

The unemployment rate in Canada increased to 6.9 percent in December of 2016 from 6.8 percent in the previous month, in line with market expectations as more people participated in the labour market. Employment rose by 54 thousand (+0.3 percent) in December, the result of gains in full-time work. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.71 percent from 1966 until 2016, 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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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-11-04 12:30 PM Oct 7% 7% 7% 6.9%
2016-12-02 01:30 PM Nov 6.8% 7% 7% 7%
2017-01-06 01:30 PM Dec 6.9% 6.8% 6.9% 6.8%
2017-02-10 01:30 PM Jan 6.9% 6.8%
2017-03-10 01:30 PM Feb 6.7%
2017-04-07 12:30 PM Mar 6.7%




Canada Unemployment Rate Rises to 6.9%


The jobless rate in Canada increased to 6.9 percent in December of 2016 from 6.8 percent in the previous month, in line with market expectations as more people participated in the labour market. Employment rose by 54,000 (+0.3 percent) in December, the result of gains in full-time work.

In the fourth quarter of 2016, employment increased by 108 thousand (+0.6 percent), the largest increase since the second quarter of 2010. This followed a gain of 62 thousand (+0.3 percent) in the third quarter.

In the 12 months to December, employment gains totalled 214 thousand or 1.2 percent, compared with a growth rate of 0.9 percent observed over the same period one year earlier. A year-end review is presented in a separate section below.

In December, employment increased among women aged 25 to 54. There was little overall employment change among the other demographic groups.

Quebec and British Columbia recorded increases in employment, while there was little change in the other provinces.

More people were employed in professional, scientific and technical services, and in health care and social assistance. At the same time, employment declined in agriculture.

The number of employees increased in both the public and private sectors in December, while self-employment was little changed.

Statistics Canada | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
1/6/2017 1:59:27 PM



Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.90 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18225.00 18171.30 18225.00 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1341.60 1326.90 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -27.60 19.40 136.30 -79.30 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 81.30 -8.70 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 53.70 10.70 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.80 65.60 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.60 12.90 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Labour Costs 115.82 116.47 116.47 49.37 Index Points [+]
Productivity 107.78 106.48 107.88 69.08 Index Points [+]
Wages 24.14 23.73 24.14 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 25.29 24.26 25.29 14.96 CAD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 11.25 11.00 11.25 1.00 CAD/Hour [+]
Population 35.99 35.68 35.99 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 [+]
Job Vacancies 392290.00 328135.00 437370.00 328135.00 [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 15973.06 16006.63 16006.63 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.30 61.20 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 January of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.90 6.80 13.10 2.90 1966 - 2016 percent Monthly



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