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

Canada's unemployment rate decreased to 6.8 percent in June 2016 from 6.9 percent in the previous month. It was the lowest reading July 2015 and well below markets expectations of 7 percent. Employment was unchanged (0.0 percent or -0.7 thousand) while the number of unemployed declined (-1.5 percent or -20.2 thousand). 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
6.80 6.90 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 July of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-05-06 12:30 PM Apr 7.1% 7.1% 7.2% 7.1%
2016-06-10 12:30 PM May 6.9% 7.1% 7.1% 7.1%
2016-07-08 12:30 PM Jun 6.8% 6.9% 7% 6.9%
2016-08-05 12:30 PM Jul 6.8% 6.8%
2016-09-09 12:30 PM Aug 6.7%
2016-10-07 12:30 PM Sep 6.7%

Canada's Jobless Rate Falls to 6.8% in June


Canada's unemployment rate decreased to 6.8 percent in June 2016 from 6.9 percent in the previous month. It was the lowest reading July 2015 and well below markets expectations of 7 percent. Employment was unchanged (0.0 percent or -0.7 thousand) while the number of unemployed declined (-1.5 percent or -20.2 thousand).

Unemployment decreased by 20,200 to 1,326,300, and employment went sligtly down by 700 to 18,054,500. Full-time employment declined by 40,100 while part-time added 39,400 jobs. Meantime, labour force went down by 20,900 to 19,380,800.

On a year-over-year basis, employment rose 0.6 percent (+107,600), with the gains coming from both full-time work (+31,200 or +0.2 percent) and part-time (+76,500 or 2.3 percent). The unemployment rate rose from 6.8 percent to 7.1 percent. At the same time, the number of hours worked decreased by 0.1 percent. 

British Columbia was the only province with employment growth. The other provinces showed little change.

There were fewer people working in construction (-29,000); manufacturing (-13,000) and the 'other services' (-9,300). These losses were partially offset by gains in accommodation and food services (+20,000) and information, culture and recreation (+14,000).

The number of employees fell in the public sector and was little changed in the private sector. At the same time, self-employment increased.

The participation rate decreased to 65.5 percent from 65.7 percent in the previous month, the lowest since December 1999.

Statistics Canada | Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
7/8/2016 1:55:27 PM

Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.80 6.90 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18054.50 18055.20 18055.20 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1326.30 1346.50 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 39.40 -46.80 136.30 -79.30 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment -40.10 60.50 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change -0.70 13.80 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.50 65.70 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.00 13.30 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Labour Costs 115.83 115.77 115.83 49.37 Index Points [+]
Productivity 106.33 106.38 107.52 69.61 Index Points [+]
Wages 23.88 24.12 24.12 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 24.72 24.86 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 15888.50 15870.20 15888.50 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.00 61.10 63.70 56.00 percent [+]




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