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

Canada's jobless rate unexpectedly increased to 7.2 percent in January of 2016 after being steady at 7.1 percent for two consecutive months. It was the highest reading since December of 2013. Employment was virtually unchanged in January (-5,700 or 0.0%) while the number of unemployed went up (+3,900 or 0.3%). 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
7.20 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 February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-12-04 01:30 PM Nov 7.1% 7.0% 7% 7%
2016-01-08 01:30 PM Dec 7.1% 7.1% 7.1% 7.1%
2016-02-05 01:30 PM Jan 7.2% 7.1% 7.1% 7.1%
2016-03-11 01:30 PM Feb 7.2% 7.2%
2016-04-08 12:30 PM Mar 7.2%
2016-05-06 12:30 PM Apr 7.3%

Canada Unemployment Rate at 2-Year High


Canada's jobless rate unexpectedly increased to 7.2 percent in January of 2016 after being steady at 7.1 percent for two consecutive months. It was the highest reading since December of 2013. Employment was virtually unchanged in January (-5,700 or 0.0 percent) while the number of unemployed went up (+3,900 or 0.3 percent).

Unemployment increased by 3,900 to 1,390,300, while employment decreased by 5,700 to 18,005,200. Part-time employment declined by 11,300 while full-time increased by 5,600. Meantime, labour force decreased by 1,800 to 19,395,500.

In the 12 months to January, employment increased by 0.7% (+126,000). Full-time work increased by 172,000 (+1.2 percent) while part-time was little changed. Over the same period, the unemployment rate rose from 6.6 percent to 7.2 percent, as the labour force grew at a faster pace than employment. The number of hours worked rose by 1.2 percent.

In January, there were fewer employed people aged 55 and older. At the same time, employment increased among women aged 25 to 54.

There were fewer people working in Alberta, Manitoba as well as Newfoundland and Labrador in January. On the other hand, Ontario was the lone province with an employment increase. 

The employment decrease in Alberta (-10,000) raised the unemployment rate in the province to 7.4 percent, the highest since February 1996. The unemployment rate in Alberta was higher than the national rate for the first time since December 1988.

Employment declined in agriculture (-14,000); manufacturing (-11,000); transportation and warehousing (-10,000); and public administration (-7,200). However, there were more people working in information culture and recreation (+16,000), as well as in the 'other services' industry (+9,600).

In January, there was little employment change among public and private sector employees and in the number of self-employed workers.

The participation rate remained steady at 65.9 percent from the previous month.

Youth unemployment rate was recorded at 13 percent unchanged from December.


Statistics Canada | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
2/5/2016 2:11:17 PM

Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 7.20 7.10 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18005.20 18009.60 18022.50 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1390.30 1386.40 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -11.30 29.20 136.30 -79.30 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 5.60 -6.40 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change -5.70 22.80 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.90 65.90 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.00 13.00 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Labour Costs 114.61 115.66 115.66 49.37 Index Points [+]
Productivity 106.21 106.06 107.52 69.61 Index Points [+]
Wages 23.75 23.70 23.81 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 24.69 24.78 24.82 14.96 CAD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 11.25 11.00 11.25 1.00 CAD/Hour [+]
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 [+]
Job Vacancies 400905.00 437370.00 437370.00 399855.00 [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 15775.50 15803.60 15803.60 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.20 61.20 63.70 56.00 percent [+]




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