Statistics Canada Labour Market Survey states that the Canadian labor market continues to improve with 94,000 jobs being created in July. This lowered the unemployment rate to 7.5% thanks to the relaxation of the measures imposed in the country to combat Covid-19.
The Canadian labor market lost some 68,000 jobs in May this year with an 8.2% unemployment rate, while stricter health restrictions were continuing or being implemented in many regions of the country to curb the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the pace decelerated in June to 7.8%. As the restrictions are easing up the unemployment rate is decreasing.
Data produced by the Canada Department of Labor Statistics, published on 9 July, depicts that the unemployment rate was 7.5%, a slight decrease in contrast to unemployment rates in May.
Ontario is the province where most of the jobs were created in the month of July. Ontario and Nova Scotia were the most affected provinces that recorded declines in total employment levels. According to the Statistics Canada report, the extension of the order to remain at home imposed by the authorities in Ontario was the main cause of job losses. Ontario’s nonessential business started opening as soon the restrictions eased up, in turn creating jobs.
As reported by CBC news on June 4, part-time job numbers were drastically reduced but according to this month’s survey most of the jobs created are part-time, for people aged 15 to 24, which is helping younger people to find employment and increase the growth of the Canadian economy. The services-producing sector accounted for all of the job gains, with increases in food and accommodation services, as well as finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing.
Employment in Manitoba and Nova Scotia increased by 7400 and 3700 jobs, respectively. This rise in the employment rate is among health care and social assistance working full time.
Statistics Canada also indicated that the number of Canadians working from home decreased by 400,000 and now stands at 4.7 million people. Of this number, 2.6 million work at home as a result of the pandemic.
In a nutshell, the government’s decision to lift restrictions in every province has helped the labor market in job creation.
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Source: Statistics Canada: Labor Force Survey, April, May, June and July 2021