Canada Unemployment Rate  1966-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Canada's unemployment rate was recorded at 7.1 percent in April of 2016, unchanged from the previous month and below market expectations of 7.2 percent. Employment was virtually unchanged (down 2,400 to 18.041 million) while unemployment decreased by 1,700 (or 0.1 percent) to 1.38 million. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.72 percent from 1966 until 2016, 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
7.10 7.10 13.10 2.90 1966 - 2016 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. Canada Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-03-11 01:30 PM Feb 7.3% 7.2% 7.2% 7.2%
2016-04-08 12:30 PM Mar 7.1% 7.3% 7.3% 7.3%
2016-05-06 12:30 PM Apr 7.1% 7.1% 7.2% 7.1%
2016-06-10 12:30 PM May 7.1% 7.1%
2016-07-08 12:30 PM Jun 7.1%
2016-08-05 12:30 PM Jul 7.10%

Canada Jobless Rate Steady at 7.1% in April


Canada's unemployment rate was recorded at 7.1 percent in April of 2016, unchanged from the previous month and below market expectations of 7.2 percent. Employment was virtually unchanged (down 2,400 to 18.041 million) while unemployment decreased by 1,700 (or 0.1 percent) to 1.38 million.

Unemployment decreased by 1,700 to 1,383,200, and employment went down by 2,100 to 18,041,400. Full-time employment declined by 2,400 while part-time added 400 jobs. Meantime, labour force went down by 3,800 to 19,424,600.

On a year-over-year basis, employment rose 0.8 percent (+144,00), with the gains coming from both full-time work (+88,200 or +0.6 percent) and part-time (+55,900 or 1.7 percent). The unemployment rate rose from 6.8 percent to 7.1 percent. At the same time, the number of hours worked increased by 0.9 percent. 

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

There were fewer people working in manufacturing (-17,000); business, building, and other support services (-16,000); 'other services'(-12,000); natural resources (-7,800); and agriculture (-7,000). These losses were offset by gains in wholesale and retail trade (+27,000) as well as accommodation and food services (+22,000).

The number of self-employed workers edged down in April, while there was little change among public and private sector employees.

The participation rate decreased to 65.8 percent from 65.9 percent in the previous month.

Youth unemployment rate declined to 13.1 percent from 13.4 percent in March.

Statistics Canada | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
5/6/2016 2:18:49 PM

Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 7.10 7.10 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18041.40 18043.50 18043.50 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1383.20 1384.90 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 0.40 5.30 136.30 -79.30 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment -2.40 35.30 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change -2.10 22.80 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.80 65.90 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.10 13.40 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Labour Costs 115.77 114.61 115.77 49.37 Index Points [+]
Productivity 106.38 106.26 107.52 69.61 Index Points [+]
Wages 24.03 23.65 24.03 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 25.26 24.55 25.26 14.96 CAD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 11.25 11.00 11.25 1.00 CAD/Hour [+]
Population 35.99 35.68 35.99 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 [+]
Job Vacancies 352610.00 400905.00 437370.00 352610.00 [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 15865.60 15875.80 15875.80 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.10 61.20 63.70 56.00 percent [+]




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