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

The unemployment rate in Canada increased to 6.7 percent in March of 2017 from 6.6 percent in the previous month and in line with market expectations. Employment rose by 19.4 thousand, beating market consensus of a 5 thousand increase, while the unemployment went up by 27.6 thousand. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.71 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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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-02-10 01:30 PM Jan 6.8% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9%
2017-03-10 01:30 PM Feb 6.6% 6.8% 6.8% 6.8%
2017-04-07 12:30 PM Mar 6.7% 6.6% 6.7% 6.6%
2017-05-05 12:30 PM Apr 6.7% 6.7%
2017-06-09 12:30 PM May 6.6%
2017-07-07 12:30 PM Jun 6.6%




Canada Jobless Rate Rises To 6.7% In March


The unemployment rate in Canada increased to 6.7 percent in March of 2017 from 6.6 percent in the previous month and in line with market expectations. Employment rose by 19.4 thousand, beating market consensus of a 5 thousand increase, while the unemployment went up by 27.6 thousand.

Unemployment increased by 27,600 to 1,313,700, and employment went up by 19.4 thousand to 18,308,00. Full-time employment increased by 18.4 thousand, following a 105.1 thousand rise in February. Part-time employment rose by 1 thousand after a 89.8 thousand drop in the previous month.

There were more people working in manufacturing (24.4 thousand, the largest increase since August 2002); business, building and other support services (18.2 thousand); wholesale and retail trade (16.9 thousand); and information, culture and recreation (10.7 thousand). On the other hand, declines were recorded in educational services (-14.9 thousand); transportation and warehousing (-12.8 thousand); "other services" (-9.5 thousand); and public administration (-7.8 thousand).

Employment rose in Alberta, Nova Scotia and Manitoba. At the same time, employment fell in Saskatchewan, while it was relatively stable in the remaining provinces.

In March, employment increased for men aged 25 to 54, while there was little change among other demographic groups.

The participation rate increased to 65.9 percent from 65.8 percent in the previous month.

Statistics Canada | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
4/7/2017 12:44:01 PM



Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.70 6.60 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18308.00 18288.60 18308.00 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1313.70 1286.10 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 1.00 -89.80 136.30 -89.80 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 18.40 105.10 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 19.40 15.30 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.90 65.80 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.80 12.40 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Productivity 108.04 107.78 108.04 69.08 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 116.36 115.82 116.47 49.37 Index Points [+]
Wages 24.13 24.28 24.28 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 25.62 25.65 25.65 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 374895.00 401590.00 437370.00 328135.00 [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 16082.10 16043.00 16082.10 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.50 61.40 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 April of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.70 6.60 13.10 2.90 1966 - 2017 percent Monthly



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