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

Unemployment Rate in Canada decreased to 6.80 percent in September of 2014 from 7 percent in August 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.

   
 
 

Canada Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.80 7.00 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 Friday, October 31, 2014.


Canada Unemployment Rate Falls in September


Canadian jobless rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 6.8 percent in September of 2014, the lowest since December 2008. Employment increased by 74,000, nearly all in full-time work.

In September, full time employment grew by 69,300 and part time by 4,800 as compared to the previous month. Private sector employment increased by 123,600, while self-employment fell by 55,600. Employment increased the most among youths aged 15 to 24 and women aged 25 to 54. 

Provincially, employment rose in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan as well as Newfoundland and Labrador. There was little change in the other provinces.

There were more people employed in accommodation and food services; health care and social assistance; construction; natural resources; as well as finance, insurance, real estate and leasing. At the same time, employment was down in educational services.

In the 12 months to September, employment grew by an average of 13,000 per month, for a total increase of 150,000 (+0.8 percent). Over the same period, the number of hours worked rose slightly (+0.3 percent).

Statistics Canada | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
10/10/2014 1:56:35 PM


Recent Releases

Canadian Unemployment Rate Unchanged in August
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Canada Corrects Jobs Report for July
Canada's jobs numbers for July have been corrected to show that employment rose by 41,700, not the 200 that statistics agency first reported last week. The agency failed to count workers who should have been categorized as full-time employees. Published on 2014-08-15


Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-07-11 01:30 PM Canada
Unemployment Rate
Jun 2014 7.1% 7% 7.0% 6.9%
2014-08-08 01:30 PM Canada
Unemployment Rate
Jul 2014 7.0% 7.1% 7% 6.9%
2014-09-05 01:30 PM Canada
Unemployment Rate
Aug 2014 7.0% 7.0% 7.0% 6.9%
2014-10-10 01:30 PM Canada
Unemployment Rate
Sep 2014 6.8% 7.0% 7% 7%
2014-11-07 01:30 PM Canada
Unemployment Rate
Oct 2014 6.8% 6.9%


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.80 7.00 13.10 2.90 Percent [+]
Employed Persons 17925.50 17851.40 17925.50 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 69.30 -2.30 132.00 -125.70 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 74.10 -11.00 96.20 -135.80 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1297.70 1342.60 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.40 13.10 20.70 10.40 Percent [+]
Productivity 104.44 104.49 104.49 69.61 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 66.00 66.00 67.80 61.40 Percent [+]
Wages 23.05 23.25 23.35 13.73 CAD [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 22.80 23.21 23.90 14.96 CAD [+]
Labour Costs 113.85 113.32 126.60 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 [+]