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

The unemployment rate in Canada decreased to 6.5 percent in April of 2017 from 6.7 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of 6.7 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since October of 2008, as the number of unemployed persons fell by 48.7 thousand while employed rose by 3.2 thousand, below market consensus of a 10 thousand increase. 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)
2017-03-10 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 6.5% 6.7% 6.7% 6.7%
2017-06-09 12:30 PM May 6.5% 6.5%
2017-07-07 12:30 PM Jun 6.4%
2017-08-04 12:30 PM Jul 6.4%




Canada Jobless Rate At 8-1/2-Year Low Of 6.5% In April


The unemployment rate in Canada decreased to 6.5 percent in April of 2017 from 6.7 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of 6.7 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since October of 2008, as the number of unemployed persons fell by 48.7 thousand while employed rose by 3.2 thousand, below market consensus of a 10 thousand increase.

Unemployment decreased by 48,700 to 1,265,000, and employment went up by 3.2 thousand to 18,311,200. Full-time employment decreased by 31.2 thousand, following a 18.4 thousand rise in March. Part-time employment rose by 34.3 thousand after a 1 thousand gain in the previous month.

There were more people working in educational services (19.9 thousand); health care and social assistance (12 thousand); transportation and warehousing (8.8 thousand); and information, culture and recreation (10.7 thousand). On the other hand, declines were recorded in business, building and other support services (-19 thousand); accommodation and food services (-12 thousand); "other services" (-9.5 thousand); and public administration (-7.8 thousand).

Public sector employment increased by 35,000 in April, largely in health care and social assistance and educational services. At the same time, the number of private sector employees fell by 51,000.

Employment rose in British Columbia and Prince Edward Island, while it was virtually unchanged in the other provinces.

In April, employment increased among people 55 and older, while it declined among men aged 25 to 54.

The participation rate decreased to 65.6 percent from 65.9 percent in the previous month.

Statistics Canada | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
5/5/2017 12:42:07 PM



Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.50 6.70 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18311.20 18308.00 18311.20 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1265.00 1313.70 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 34.30 1.00 136.30 -89.80 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment -31.20 18.40 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 3.20 19.40 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.60 65.90 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.70 12.80 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 24.45 24.13 24.45 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 26.19 25.62 26.19 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 16136.70 16072.20 16136.70 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.40 61.50 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 May of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.50 6.70 13.10 2.90 1966 - 2017 percent Monthly



unemployment rate by Country

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Spain 18.75 Mar/17
Brazil 13.70 Mar/17
Turkey 12.60 Feb/17
Italy 11.70 Mar/17
France 9.60 Mar/17
Euro Area 9.50 Mar/17
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Australia 5.70 Apr/17
Indonesia 5.33 Mar/17
Russia 5.30 Apr/17
Netherlands 5.10 Apr/17
India 4.90 Dec/13
United Kingdom 4.60 Mar/17
United States 4.40 Apr/17
South Korea 4.00 Apr/17
China 3.97 Mar/17
Germany 3.90 Mar/17
Switzerland 3.30 Apr/17
Mexico 3.19 Mar/17
Japan 2.80 Mar/17