Canadian Unemployment at 6.6% in December


Canadian jobless rate remained unchanged at 6.6 percent in December of 2014 as gains in full-time work were offset by losses in part time.

In December, Canada lost 4,300 jobs as full-time employment rose by 53,500 while there was a decline of 57,700 in part time jobs.

There were fewer people (-33,000) working in accommodation and food services as well as 'other services' (-14,000) such as private household services provided by nannies and home support workers. 

Employment in agriculture rose by 15,000 in December, mostly in greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production. In public administration employment increased by 14,000 mainly in provincial as well as municipal public administration and the number of people working in natural resources increased by 10,000.

The number of self-employed people, as well as private and public sector employees was virtually unchanged in December.

Provincially, employment declined in Prince Edward Island and was little changed in the other provinces. 

Employment gains in 2014 amounted to 186,000 (+1.0 percent), with increases in the second half of the year accounting for most of the growth. Compared with 12 months earlier, the total number of hours worked increased by 0.7 percent.

Canadian Unemployment at 6.6% in December


Statistics Canada | Carolina Cunha | carolina.cunha@tradingeconomics.com
1/9/2015 2:02:32 PM