The Canadian economy added 35.2 thousand jobs in December of 2019 after shedding 71.2 thousand in the previous month, which was the biggest decline since January of 2009. It compares with market expectations of a 25 thousand gain. Employment increased in Ontario (25K), Quebec (21K), Manitoba (2.8K) and Prince Edward Island (1.1K), while a decline was recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador (-5K). There were more employees in the private sector (57K) in December, offsetting a decline of a similar size in November. Employment increased in accommodation and food services (25K) and in construction (17K), while it was little changed in the other industries. Considering full 2019, employment in Canada increased by 320K or 1.7%, a faster pace than 1.1% in 2018. The growth was spread across the first three quarters of the year and was mostly the result of gains in full-time work (283K).

Employment Change in Canada averaged 18.01 Thousand from 1976 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 106.50 Thousand in April of 2019 and a record low of -124.80 Thousand in January of 2009. This page provides the latest reported value for - Canada Employment Change - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. source: Statistics Canada

Employment Change in Canada is expected to be 20.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Employment Change in Canada to stand at 30.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Canada Employment Change is projected to trend around 17.68 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.


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Canada Employment Change

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
35.20 -71.20 106.50 -124.80 1976 - 2019 Thousand Monthly
Volume, SA

Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-10-11 12:30 PM Sep 53.7K 81.1K 10K 50K
2019-11-08 01:30 PM Oct -1.8K 53.7K 15.9K 20K
2019-12-06 01:30 PM Nov -71.2K -1.8K 10K 15K
2020-01-10 01:30 PM Dec 35.2K -71.2K 25K -25K
2020-02-07 01:30 PM Jan 35.2K 10K


News Stream
2019-12-06
Canada Sheds Jobs for 2nd Month
The Canadian economy lost 71.2 thousand jobs in November of 2019 after shedding 1.8 thousand in the previous month and compared with market expectations of a 10 thousand gain. Employment declined in Quebec (-45,000), Alberta (-18,000) and British Columbia (-18,000), while it was little changed in the other provinces. Regarding industry, declines in employment were recorded both in the goods-producing sector, particularly in manufacturing (-28,000) and natural resources (-6,500), as well as in the services-producing sector, notably in public administration (-25,000).

2019-11-08
Canadian Economy Unexpectedly Loses Jobs
The Canadian economy shed 1.8 thousand jobs in October of 2019, after creating 53.7 thousand in the previous month. Markets expected the economy to have created 15.9 thousand jobs. Full-time work declined by 16.1 thousand while part-time increased by 14.3 thousand. Employment declined in manufacturing (-23 thousand, mostly in Ontario) and construction (-21 thousand, mainly in Quebec and Ontario). At the same time, employment was up in public administration (+20 thousand, namely in British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island) and in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing (+18 thousand, mainly in Ontario). Employment was down for men in the core working ages of 25 to 54, and grew for the population aged 55 and over.

2019-10-11
Canada Adds 53.7K Jobs in September
The Canadian economy added 53.7 thousand jobs in September of 2019, after creating 81.1 thousand in the previous month and beating estimates of 10 thousand. Employment increased in Ontario (+41,000) and Nova Scotia (+3,200), while it held steady in the other provinces. Regarding industry, there were more people working in health care and social assistance (+30,000), as well as in accommodation and food services (+23,000). At the same time, there were declines in information, culture and recreation (-37,000) and in natural resources (-7,000).

2019-09-06
Canada Adds 81.1K Jobs in August, Beats Forecasts
The Canadian economy added 81.1 thousand jobs in August of 2019, after shedding 24.2 thousand in the previous month and beating estimates of 15 thousand. Employment increased in Ontario (+58,000); Quebec (+20,000); Manitoba (+5,200); Saskatchewan (+2,800) and New Brunswick (+2,300) while it was little changed in other provinces. Regarding industry, employment rose for those who work in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing (+22,000); educational services (+21,000) and professional, scientific and technical services (+17,000). In contrast, employment declined in Business, building and other support services (-22,000).

2019-08-09
Canada Sheds Jobs for 2nd Month
The Canadian economy lost 24.2 thousand jobs in July of 2019 after shedding 2.2 thousand in the previous month and compared with market expectations of a 12.5 thousand gain. Employment decreased in Alberta (-14,000); Nova Scotia (-6,200) and New Brunswick (-4,800) while it was little changed in other provinces. In contrast, employment rose in Quebec (+17,000) and Prince Edward Island (+1,000). Regarding industry, employment fell for those who work in wholesale and retail trade (-21,000); transportation and warehousing (-15,000); “other services” industry (-11,000) and natural resources (-8,700). On the other hand, employment in construction grew by 25,000 in July while there were 9,200 more people working in public administration. Meantime, the number of employees in the private sector fell by 69,000 while those in the public sector was little changed. Meanwhile, the number of self-employment increased by 28,000.

2019-07-05
Canada Unexpectedly Cuts 2.2K Jobs
The Canadian economy lost 2.2 thousand jobs in June of 2019, after creating 27.7 thousand in the previous month, while markets were expecting it to create 10 thousand jobs. Employment decreased in Manitoba (-5,200) and in Newfoundland and Labrador (-2,000) while it was little changed in other provinces. In contrast, employment increased in Alberta (+10,000) and Saskatchewan (+2,500). Regarding industry, employment fell for those who work in manufacturing (-15,000); natural resources (-7,800) and other services (-15,000). Meantime, the number of self-employed workers dropped by 41,000 while the number of employees in both public and private sector was little changed.


Canada Employment Change
In Canada, employment change refers to the change in the number of persons who work for pay or profit, or perform unpaid family work. Estimates include both full-time and part-time employment.

Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.60 5.90 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 19127.40 19092.20 19165.20 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1142.80 1194.30 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment -3.20 -32.80 136.30 -124.40 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 38.40 -38.40 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 35.20 -71.20 106.50 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.50 65.60 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.10 11.60 20.70 10.00 percent [+]
Productivity 106.95 106.71 106.95 67.27 points [+]
Labour Costs 109.95 108.82 109.95 43.75 points [+]
Wages 25.79 25.55 25.79 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 25.89 26.04 26.54 14.96 CAD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 14.00 14.00 14.00 1.00 CAD/Hour [+]
Population 37.31 36.96 37.31 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 [+]
Wage Growth 3.30 3.70 5.50 -0.40 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 17016.20 17022.30 17022.30 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 581595.00 506140.00 581595.00 330215.00 [+]
Living Wage Family 2580.00 2640.00 2640.00 2440.00 CAD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1930.00 1960.00 1960.00 1790.00 CAD/Month [+]
Adp Employment Change 46.20 30.90 110.00 -37.00 Thousand [+]
Average Hourly Earnings 28.91 28.95 28.99 15.88 CAD [+]
Employment Rate 61.80 61.70 63.70 56.00 percent [+]