Canada Unemployment Rate 1966-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Unemployment Rate in Canada increased to 6.60 percent in November of 2014 from 6.50 percent in October of 2014. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.74 percent from 1966 until 2014, 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
6.60 6.50 13.10 2.90 1966 - 2014 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 Monday, December 22, 2014.


Canadian Unemployment Rate Edges Up in November


Canadian jobless rate increased slightly to 6.6 percent in November of 2014 from 6.5 percent in the previous month. Employment decreased by 10,700 driven by drop in jobs in retail and professional services and part-time positions.

Compared with November 2013, employment increased by 146,000 (+0.8%), with part-time and full-time work up 1.9% and 0.6% respectively. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked was little changed (+0.1%).

Employment was little changed among people aged 25 to 54. Among youths aged 15 to 24, employment was stable in November, but there was a marked increase of 56,000 (+2.3%) compared with November 2013. Their employment rate was 56.5% in November, which was unchanged from October and the highest rate since February 2009.

In November, employment decreased in retail and wholesale trade as well as professional, scientific and technical services. At the same time, there were more people employed in natural resources and agriculture. In November, the number of private sector employees declined, while the number of public sector and self-employed workers edged up.

Provincially, employment declined in Ontario and Saskatchewan, while it increased in Quebec as well as Newfoundland and Labrador.

Statistics Canada | Carolina Cunha | carolina.cunha@tradingeconomics.com
12/5/2014 2:02:03 PM


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Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-10-10 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Sep
6.8% 7.0% 7% 7%
2014-11-07 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Oct
6.5% 6.8% 6.9% 6.9%
2014-12-05 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Nov
6.6% 6.5% 6.6% 6.6%
2015-01-09 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Dec
6.6% 6.7%
2015-02-06 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Jan
6.7%
2015-03-13 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Feb
6.7%


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.60 6.50 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 17957.90 17968.60 17968.60 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 5.70 26.50 132.00 -125.70 Thousand [+]
Employment Change -10.70 43.10 96.20 -135.80 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1278.60 1258.80 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.00 12.60 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Productivity 107.43 107.31 107.43 69.61 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 66.00 66.00 67.80 61.40 percent [+]
Wages 23.58 22.98 23.58 13.73 CAD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 23.99 23.96 23.99 14.96 CAD [+]
Labour Costs 113.62 113.34 126.60 58.30 Index Points [+]
Population 35.35 35.06 35.35 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 Nov/14 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 4.80 Nov/14 4.70 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.60 Nov/14 6.50 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Aug/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.50 Oct/14 11.50 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Aug/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.90 Oct/14 5.00 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 5.20 Dec/12 6.30 9.40 5.20 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 13.20 Oct/14 12.90 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Oct/14 3.60 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.53 Nov/14 4.78 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 8.00 Nov/14 8.00 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.20 Nov/14 5.10 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.40 Nov/14 3.50 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.67 Aug/14 24.47 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.20 Nov/14 3.10 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.50 Sep/14 10.10 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 6.00 Oct/14 6.00 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.80 Nov/14 5.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]