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

The jobless rate in Canada increased to 7 percent in August of 2016 from 6.9 percent in July and above market forecasts of 6.9 percent. Employment increased by a better-than-expected 26.2 thousand jobs although 42.7 thousand more people joined the labour force. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.71 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
7.00 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 September of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-07-08 12:30 PM Jun 6.8% 6.9% 7% 6.9%
2016-08-05 12:30 PM Jul 6.9% 6.8% 6.9% 6.8%
2016-09-09 12:30 PM Aug 7% 6.9% 6.9% 6.9%
2016-10-07 12:30 PM Sep 7% 7%
2016-11-04 12:30 PM Oct 6.9%
2016-12-02 01:30 PM Nov 6.9%

Canada Unemployment Rate Up to 7% in August


The jobless rate in Canada increased to 7 percent in August of 2016 from 6.9 percent in July. The figure came above market forecasts of 6.9 percent as 42.7 thousand people joined the labour force while employment increased by a better-than-expected 26.2 thousand jobs.

There were 1,361 thousand unemployed people, 16.3 thousand more than in July; 18,049 thousand were employed (26.2 thousand more) and 19,410 thousand were in the labour force. 

Employment increased among youths aged 15 to 24 (+22 thousand) and people aged 55 and older (+29 thousand). At the same time, employment was down among those aged 25 to 54 (-25 thousand).

Employment rose in Quebec and in Newfoundland and Labrador, while it declined in New Brunswick. There was little change in the other provinces.

There were more people working in public administration (+16 thousand) and fewer people working in professional, scientific and technical services (-23 thousand).

Public sector employment increased in August (+27 thousand), while self-employment fell (-39 thousand) and the number of private sector employees was little changed.

Statistics Canada | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
9/9/2016 1:56:05 PM

Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 7.00 6.90 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18049.50 18023.30 18055.20 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1361.10 1344.80 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -26.00 40.20 136.30 -79.30 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 52.20 -71.40 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 26.20 -31.20 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.50 65.40 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 13.20 13.30 20.70 10.40 percent [+]
Labour Costs 116.47 115.83 116.47 49.37 Index Points [+]
Productivity 105.97 106.31 107.59 69.08 Index Points [+]
Wages 23.44 23.65 24.12 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 24.77 24.05 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 328135.00 352610.00 437370.00 328135.00 [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 15955.84 15903.18 15955.84 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 60.90 60.90 63.70 56.00 percent [+]




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