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

Unemployment Rate in Canada remained unchanged at 6.80 percent in May of 2015 from 6.80 percent in April 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, July 4, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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% 6.8%
2015-07-10 01:30 PM Jun 6.8% 6.8% 6.8%
2015-08-07 01:30 PM Jul 6.7%
2015-09-04 01:30 PM Aug 6.6%


Canada Unemployment Rate Steady at 6.8% in May


Canadian jobless rate remained unchanged at 6.8 percent for the fourth consecutive month in May of 2015, as widely expected. Employment increased by 58.9 thousand driven by gains in private sector employment, while the number of people participating in the labour market also rose.

Compared with the previous month, the economy added 30.9 thousand full-time jobs and 27.9 thousand part-time jobs.

Employment gains in May were highest among men aged 25 to 54, followed by men aged 55 and older. However, there was little change among the other demographic groups.

The number of private sector employees increased in May, while there was little change in self-employment. At the same time, public sector employment edged down.

There were more people working in manufacturing as well as in health care and social assistance. Additionally, employment rose in retail and wholesale trade; business, building and other support services; as well as in finance, insurance, real estate and leasing. In contrast, there were fewer workers in public administration and agriculture.

Provincially, employment increased in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, while it declined in Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and New Brunswick.

Participation rate was recorded at 65.9 percent, up from 65.8 percent in April.

Compared to a year earlier, employment increased by 192,000 (+1.1 percent), the result of more full-time work. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked grew by 1.2 percent.

Since the beginning of 2015, employment gains have averaged 20,500 per month.

Statistics Canada | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
6/5/2015 1:58:17 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 17953.80 17894.90 17953.80 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 30.90 46.90 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 58.90 -19.70 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1307.60 1310.20 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.20 13.60 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Productivity 107.59 107.73 107.73 69.61 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.90 65.80 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Wages 23.73 23.71 23.81 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 24.82 24.16 24.82 14.96 CAD/Hour [+]
Labour Costs 115.08 113.70 115.08 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 6.00 May/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.70 May/15 6.40 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 May/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Mar/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.10 May/15 11.10 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.30 Mar/15 10.40 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 May/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.81 Mar/15 5.94 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.40 May/15 12.40 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.30 May/15 3.30 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.45 May/15 4.31 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 6.90 May/15 7.00 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.60 May/15 5.80 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.90 May/15 3.70 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Mar/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.20 May/15 3.30 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.60 Mar/15 11.20 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.50 Apr/15 5.50 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.30 Jun/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]