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

Unemployment Rate in Canada increased to 6.80 percent in February of 2015 from 6.60 percent in January 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.

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Canada Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.80 6.60 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 Thursday, April 2, 2015.


Canadian Unemployment Rate Rises to 6.8% in February


Canada’s jobless rate increased to 6.8 percent in February of 2015, up 0.2 percentage points over last month as more people searched for work.

Compared with February 2014, full-time employment rose by 121,000 (+0.8 percent), while there was little change in part-time work. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked was up slightly (+0.2 percent).

In February, there were less 20,000 people working in manufacturing, the first decline in six months. There were fewer people working in natural resources (-17,000), information, culture and recreation (-12,000) and other services (-12,000). On the other hand, there were gains in construction (+16,000) and educational services (+ 15,000).

The number of public sector workers increased by 24,000 while there was no significant change in the number of private sector employees and the self-employed.

Employment increased among men aged 55 and older (+17,000), while there was little change in the other demographic groups. However, more women and youths were searching for work in February.

Provincially, employment declined in Alberta, pushing the unemployment rate in the province up 0.8 percentage points to 5.3 percent, the highest since September 2011. Employment also decreased in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, while it increased in Quebec and Ontario.

In the 12 months to February, employment increased by 130,000 (+0.7 percent) with most of the growth in the second half of the period.

Adjusted to US concepts, the unemployment rate in Canada was 5.9 percent (up 0.3 percentage points over January), while the rate in the United States was 5.5 percent. Compared with February 2014, the unemployment rate in Canada edged down 0.1 percentage points, while the US rate fell by 1.2 percentage points.

Statistics Canada | Carolina Cunha | carolina.cunha@tradingeconomics.com
3/13/2015 1:16:06 PM


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Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-01-09 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Dec
6.6% 6.6% 6.6% 6.7%
2015-02-06 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Jan
6.6% 6.7% 6.7% 6.7%
2015-03-13 12:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Feb
6.8% 6.6% 6.7% 6.6%
2015-04-10 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Mar
6.8% 6.6%
2015-05-08 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Apr
6.6%
2015-06-05 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  May
6.6%


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.80 6.60 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 17885.90 17886.90 17886.90 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 34.00 -11.80 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change -1.00 35.40 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1311.70 1261.50 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.30 12.80 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Productivity 107.17 107.26 107.31 69.61 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.80 65.70 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Wages 23.85 23.52 23.85 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 24.17 24.18 24.18 14.96 CAD [+]
Labour Costs 113.61 113.60 113.61 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 [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.30 Feb/15 6.40 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 5.90 Feb/15 5.30 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Feb/15 6.60 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Dec/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Feb/15 11.40 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.80 Feb/15 4.80 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.70 Feb/15 12.60 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Feb/15 3.60 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.33 Feb/15 4.51 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.10 Feb/15 7.20 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.80 Feb/15 5.50 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.90 Feb/15 3.40 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.70 Nov/14 23.67 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.50 Feb/15 3.50 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.90 Dec/14 10.70 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.70 Jan/15 5.70 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.50 Feb/15 5.70 10.80 2.50 percent [+]