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

Unemployment Rate in Canada remained unchanged at 6.80 percent in March of 2015 from 6.80 percent in February of 2015. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.73 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
6.80 6.80 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 Saturday, April 18, 2015.


Canada Unemployment Rate Steady at 6.8%


Canadian jobless rate was recorded at 6.8 percent in March of 2015, the same as in the previous month as employment increased by a better-than-expected 29,000, driven by gains in part-time work.

Compared with the previous month, the economy added 56.8 thousand part-time jobs while full-time work lost 25.2 thousand jobs. 

There were more people working in retail and wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, educational services and natural resources in March. At the same time, there were fewer people working in construction, public administration as well as agriculture.

The number of public sector workers increased in March. There was little change in the number of private sector employees and the self-employed.

In March, employment rose among women aged 55 and older, while there was little change among the other demographic groups.

Over the first quarter, employment gains totaled 63,000 (+0.4 percent), the result of more part-time work.

In the 12 months to March, employment increased by 138,000 (+0.8 percent), with most of the growth in full-time work. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked was little changed (+0.1 percent).

Statistics Canada | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
4/10/2015 1:40:32 PM


Recent Releases

Canadian Unemployment Rate Rises to 6.8% in February
Canada’s jobless rate increased to 6.8 percent in February of 2015, up 0.2 percentage points over last month as more people searched for work. Published on 2015-03-13

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. Published on 2015-02-06


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-02-06 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Jan
6.6% 6.7% 6.7% 6.7%
2015-03-13 12:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Feb
6.8% 6.6% 6.7% 6.6%
2015-04-10 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Mar
6.8% 6.8% 6.8% 6.9%
2015-05-08 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Apr
6.8% 6.6%
2015-06-05 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  May
6.6%
2015-07-10 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Jun
6.6%


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.80 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 17914.60 17885.90 17914.60 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment -28.20 34.00 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 28.70 -1.00 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1309.30 1311.70 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.00 13.30 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Productivity 107.17 107.26 107.31 69.61 Index Points [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.90 65.80 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Wages 23.73 23.81 23.81 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 23.84 24.24 24.24 14.96 CAD [+]
Labour Costs 113.61 113.60 113.61 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 6.10 Mar/15 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 5.90 Feb/15 5.30 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Mar/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Nov/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Feb/15 11.40 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.80 Feb/15 4.80 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.70 Feb/15 12.60 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Feb/15 3.60 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.33 Feb/15 4.51 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.00 Mar/15 7.10 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.90 Mar/15 5.80 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Mar/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.70 Nov/14 23.67 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.40 Mar/15 3.50 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 11.30 Jan/15 10.90 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 Feb/15 5.70 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.50 Mar/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]