In June, employment increased in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, while it declined in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. In the same period, employment was little changed among the major demographic groups.
Employment in professional, scientific and technical services increased by 27,000 in June. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment grew by 4.9 percent (+63,000), one of the highest growth rates among all industries.
In June, there were declines in accommodation and food services (-20,000) and information, culture and recreation (-15,000).
While employment in construction was little changed in June, it increased 6.2 percent on a year-over-year basis. Employment in this industry has been on an upward trend since the autumn of 2012.
Manufacturing employment has been little changed in recent months, following a decline of 71,000 during the first three months of 2013.
The number of private and public sector employees and the self-employed was little changed in June. Compared with 12 months earlier, growth among private sector employees was 1.2 percent (+137,000), with all the gains in the second half of 2012. At the same time, the number of public sector employees was up 1.5 percent (+55,000), with increases spread throughout the period. As for the self-employed, growth was 1.9 percent (+51,000), the bulk of which occurred in the first quarter of 2013.
In the first half of 2013, employment growth averaged 14,000 per month, slower than the average of 27,000 in the last six months of 2012.