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

Unemployment Rate in Canada remained unchanged at 6.80 percent in April of 2015 from 6.80 percent in March 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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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.80 6.80 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 Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-03-13 12:30 PM Feb 6.8% 6.6% 6.7% 6.6%
2015-04-10 01:30 PM Mar 6.8% 6.8% 6.8% 6.9%
2015-05-08 01:30 PM Apr 6.8% 6.8% 6.9% 6.8%
2015-06-05 01:30 PM May 6.8% 6.8% 6.8%
2015-07-10 01:30 PM Jun 6.6%
2015-08-07 01:30 PM Jul 6.6%


Canada Unemployment Rate at 6.8% in April


Canadian jobless rate was steady at 6.8% for the third consecutive month in April of 2015. Employment decreased by 19.700, as gains in full-time work were more than offset by losses in part time.

Compared with the previous month, the economy added 46.9 thousand full-time jobs while part-time work lost 66.5 thousand jobs, the highest fall in four years.

Employment declined for women aged 55 and older and increased for their male counterparts.

Public sector employment declined and the number of self-employed workers edged down, while there was little change in the number of private sector employees.

There were fewer people working in construction, retail and wholesale trade, as well as in information, culture and recreation in April. At the same time, there were more people working in business, building and other support services as well as in manufacturing.

Provincially, employment fell in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, while it rose in Alberta as well as in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In the 12 months to April, employment increased by 139,000 (+0.8%), with all of the growth in full-time work. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked increased by 0.9%.

Meanwhile, participation rate decreased to 65.8 percent from 65.9 percent in March.

Statistics Canada | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
5/8/2015 2:01:59 PM


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Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.80 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 17894.90 17914.60 17914.60 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 46.90 -28.20 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change -19.70 28.70 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1310.20 1309.30 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.60 13.00 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Productivity 107.17 107.26 107.31 69.61 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.80 65.90 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Wages 23.87 23.57 23.87 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 24.29 23.39 24.29 14.96 CAD/Hour [+]
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/Hour [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.20 Apr/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.40 Apr/15 6.20 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Apr/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Mar/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Mar/15 11.30 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Mar/15 4.70 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 13.00 Mar/15 12.70 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.30 Apr/15 3.40 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.31 Apr/15 3.86 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.00 Apr/15 7.00 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.80 Apr/15 5.90 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Apr/15 3.70 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Feb/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.30 Apr/15 3.40 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 11.20 Feb/15 11.30 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.50 Mar/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.40 Apr/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]