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Canadian employment edges down with decline in full-time roles

Canadian employment edges down with decline in full-time roles

July 8, 2024
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The number of jobs in Canada was little changed in June with employment edging down by just 1,400 jobs compared to May, Statistics Canada reported July 5. Total employment was 20.5 million.

Full-time employment declined by 3,400 jobs, though that was partially offset by a gain in part-time employment.

Industries posting declines in June include transportation and warehousing, down 12,000, as well as in public administration, down 8,800. On the other hand, more people were employed in accommodation and food services, up 17,000, and in agriculture, up 12,000.

Canada’s unemployment rate inched up to 6.4% in June from 6.2% in May.

Public-sector employment fell by 14,600 jobs in June. However, the country saw gains in the number of private-sector workers and the self-employed, up by 5,400 and 7,700, respectively.

Ontario added 9,800 jobs in June, but its unemployment rate rose to 7.0% from 6.7% in May.

Quebec saw employment decline by 17,700 jobs in June, and its unemployment rate rose to 5.7% from 5.1%.

British Columbia lost 9,700 jobs, though its unemployment rate fell to 5.2% from 5.6% in May.