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

Unemployment Rate in Canada remained unchanged at 6.60 percent in December of 2014 from 6.60 percent in November 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.

      Forecast    
Canada Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.60 6.60 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 Tuesday, January 27, 2015.


Canadian Unemployment at 6.6% in December


Canadian jobless rate remained unchanged at 6.6 percent in December of 2014 as gains in full-time work were offset by losses in part time.

In December, Canada lost 4,300 jobs as full-time employment rose by 53,500 while there was a decline of 57,700 in part time jobs.

There were fewer people (-33,000) working in accommodation and food services as well as 'other services' (-14,000) such as private household services provided by nannies and home support workers. 

Employment in agriculture rose by 15,000 in December, mostly in greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production. In public administration employment increased by 14,000 mainly in provincial as well as municipal public administration and the number of people working in natural resources increased by 10,000.

The number of self-employed people, as well as private and public sector employees was virtually unchanged in December.

Provincially, employment declined in Prince Edward Island and was little changed in the other provinces. 

Employment gains in 2014 amounted to 186,000 (+1.0 percent), with increases in the second half of the year accounting for most of the growth. Compared with 12 months earlier, the total number of hours worked increased by 0.7 percent.

Statistics Canada | Carolina Cunha | carolina.cunha@tradingeconomics.com
1/9/2015 2:02:32 PM


Recent Releases

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. Published on 2015-01-09

Canada Unemployment Rate Down to 6-Year Low
Canadian jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent in October of 2014 from 6.8 percent in September. It is the lowest rate since November of 2008. Employment edged up for the second consecutive month by 43,100. Published on 2014-11-07


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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% 6.6% 6.6% 6.7%
2015-02-06 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Jan
6.6% 6.6%
2015-03-13 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Feb
6.6%
2015-04-03 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Mar
6.6%


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.60 6.60 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 17953.60 17957.90 17968.60 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 53.50 5.70 132.00 -125.70 Thousand [+]
Employment Change -4.30 -10.70 96.20 -135.80 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1271.80 1278.60 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.30 13.00 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Productivity 107.43 107.31 107.43 69.61 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.90 66.00 67.80 61.40 percent [+]
Wages 23.61 23.56 23.61 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 23.93 23.96 23.96 14.96 CAD [+]
Labour Costs 113.62 113.34 113.62 49.37 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 6.10 Dec/14 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 4.80 Nov/14 4.70 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.60 Dec/14 6.60 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Nov/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.50 Nov/14 11.50 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Aug/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 5.00 Nov/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 13.40 Nov/14 13.30 13.40 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Nov/14 3.50 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 3.76 Dec/14 4.53 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 8.10 Dec/14 8.00 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.20 Nov/14 5.10 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.50 Dec/14 3.40 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.70 Nov/14 23.67 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.40 Dec/14 3.20 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.40 Oct/14 10.50 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.80 Nov/14 6.00 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.60 Dec/14 5.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]