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

The unemployment rate in Canada declined to 6.8 percent in January of 2017 from 6.9 percent in December and below market expectations of 6.9 percent. Employment rose by 48.3 thousand, beating expectations of a 5 thousand decline for the second month. 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)
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 6.8% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9%
2017-03-10 01:30 PM Feb 6.8% 6.8%
2017-04-07 12:30 PM Mar 6.8%
2017-05-05 12:30 PM Apr 6.7%




Canada Jobless Rate Falls To 6.8% In January


The unemployment rate in Canada declined to 6.8 percent in January of 2017 from 6.9 percent in December and below market expectations of 6.9 percent. Employment rose by 48.3 thousand, beating expectations of a 5 thousand decline for the second month.

Full time employment increased by 15.8 thousand, following a 0.4 thousand fall in December. Part time employment rose  by 32.4 thousand after a 0.5 thousand gai in the previous month.

Nearly all of the employment growth in January came from the service sector, with increases in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing; business, building and other support services; transportation and warehousing; and public administration. On the other hand, there were fewer people working in information, culture and recreation.

The number of private sector employees edged up in January, while public sector employment and the number of self-employed workers were little changed.

Among regions, employment rose in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. In contrast, there were fewer people working in New Brunswick. Employment was little changed in the remaining provinces.

Employment increased among core-aged men and women (25 to 54 years old). There was little overall employment change among the other demographic groups.

Statistics Canada | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
2/10/2017 1:45:42 PM



Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.80 6.90 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18273.30 18225.00 18273.30 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1324.40 1341.60 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 32.40 -24.70 136.30 -79.30 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 15.80 70.90 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 48.30 46.10 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.90 65.80 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.30 12.60 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Productivity 107.78 106.48 107.88 69.08 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 115.82 116.47 116.47 49.37 Index Points [+]
Wages 24.28 24.18 24.28 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 25.65 24.74 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 401590.00 392290.00 437370.00 328135.00 [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 16082.10 16043.00 16082.10 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.40 61.30 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 February of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.80 6.90 13.10 2.90 1966 - 2017 percent Monthly



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