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

Unemployment Rate in Canada decreased to 6.60 percent in January of 2015 from 6.70 percent in December of 2014. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.74 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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Canada Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.60 6.70 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 Tuesday, March 3, 2015.


Canada’s Unemployment Rate Edges Down to 6.6%


Canadian jobless rate decreased to 6.6 percent in January of 2015 from 6.7 percent in the previous month as employment increased by 35,000 boosted by rise in part time employment.

Compared with December 2014, part-time employment increased by 47,000 and full time was little changed.

Compared with January 2014, full-time employment rose by 108,000 (+0.8 percent), while there was little change in part-time work. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked was up slightly (+0.3 percent).

There was little employment change in January for men and women aged 25 to 54 and their unemployment rates remained at 5.6 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively. While youth employment was unchanged in January, their unemployment rate fell 0.7 percentage points to 12.8 percent as fewer youths looked for work.

There were more people working in professional, scientific and technical services in January (+22,000), the first notable increase since July 2013, while employment declined in natural resources (-8,800). The number of self-employed workers increased in January and there was little change in the number of private and public sector employees.

Provincially, employment rose in Quebec, Alberta, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island in January. At the same time, there was a decline in Saskatchewan.

Statistics Canada | Carolina Cunha | carolina.cunha@tradingeconomics.com
2/6/2015 2:14:59 PM


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Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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% 6.7% 6.7% 6.7%
2015-03-13 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Feb
6.6% 6.6%
2015-04-03 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Mar
6.6%
2015-05-08 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Apr
6.6%


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.60 6.70 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 17886.90 17851.50 17886.90 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment -11.80 35.00 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 35.40 -11.30 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1261.50 1276.20 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 12.80 13.50 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Productivity 107.43 107.31 107.43 69.61 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.70 65.70 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Wages 23.85 23.52 23.85 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 24.17 24.18 24.18 14.96 CAD [+]
Labour Costs 113.62 113.34 113.62 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 [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.40 Jan/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 5.30 Jan/15 4.30 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.60 Jan/15 6.70 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Nov/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.20 Jan/15 11.30 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Aug/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Jan/15 4.80 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 12.60 Jan/15 12.70 13.30 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.60 Jan/15 3.40 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.51 Jan/15 3.76 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.20 Jan/15 7.20 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.50 Jan/15 5.30 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.40 Jan/15 3.50 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.70 Nov/14 23.67 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.50 Jan/15 3.40 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.70 Nov/14 10.40 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.70 Dec/14 5.80 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.70 Jan/15 5.60 10.80 2.50 percent [+]