Canada Unemployment Rate  1966-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in Canada rose to 6.0 percent in June 2018 from 5.8 percent in the previous month and compared with market expectations of 5.8 percent. It was the highest jobless rate since October, mainly as labor force grew by nearly 76 thousand, the biggest monthly increase in six years. The economy added 31.8 thousand jobs in June, after shedding 7.5 thousand in May and beating market expectations of 24 thousand, mostly part-time jobs (+22.7 thousand). Meantime, full-time positions were up by 9.1 thousand. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.66 percent from 1966 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 13.10 percent in December of 1982 and a record low of 2.90 percent in June of 1966.

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Canada Jobless Rate Hits 8-Month High of 6.0%


The unemployment rate in Canada rose to 6.0 percent in June 2018 from 5.8 percent in the previous month and compared with market expectations of 5.8 percent. It was the highest jobless rate since October, mainly as labor force grew by nearly 76 thousand, the biggest monthly increase in six years. The economy added 31.8 thousand jobs in June, after shedding 7.5 thousand in May and beating market expectations of 24 thousand, mostly part-time jobs (+22.7 thousand). Meantime, full-time positions were up by 9.1 thousand.

Employment increased in Ontario (+35,000), Saskatchewan (+8,300), and Manitoba (+4,100). There was little change in the other provinces.

More people were employed in goods producing industries (+46,600), mainly in construction (+27,200), natural resources (+12,900) and manufacturing (+11,300) while jobs were shed in agriculture (-6100). Meanwhile, employment fell at service producing industries (-14,700), mostly in accommodation and food services (-15,900) and wholesale and retail trade (-14,000).

The number of public sector employees increased (+11,800) and self-employed also rose (+22,000) while the number of private sector employees decreased (-2,000).

In June, employment rose for men aged 55 and older (+13,000), while it held steady for the other demographic groups. 

The labor force participation rate increased to 65.5 percent from 65.3 percent in May, mainly reflecting higher youth participation. In fact, the number of people aged 15 to 24 in the labor force went up by 27,400, rising the participation rate of that group to 64 percent from 63.4 percent in May. This led youth unemployment rate to increase to 11.7 per cent in June, up from 11.1 in May.


Statistics Canada | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
7/6/2018 2:37:29 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-05-11 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.8% 5.8% 5.8% 5.8%
2018-06-08 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.8% 5.8% 5.8% 5.8%
2018-07-06 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 6% 5.8% 5.8% 5.8%
2018-08-10 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 6% 5.9%
2018-09-07 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.8%
2018-10-05 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 6%


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.00 5.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18628.00 18596.20 18645.10 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1195.30 1151.60 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 22.70 23.60 136.30 -137.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 9.10 -31.00 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 31.80 -7.50 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.50 65.30 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 11.70 11.10 20.70 10.30 percent [+]
Productivity 109.22 109.75 110.12 69.08 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 117.22 116.91 117.22 49.37 Index Points [+]
Wages 24.93 25.06 25.06 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 25.20 25.74 26.30 14.96 CAD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 14.00 11.40 14.00 1.00 CAD/Hour [+]
Population 36.96 36.89 36.96 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 [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 16540.30 16444.00 16540.30 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 469795.00 467685.00 469795.00 329710.00 [+]
Living Wage Family 2690.00 2860.00 2930.00 2690.00 CAD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1970.00 2050.00 2080.00 1970.00 CAD/Month [+]
Adp Employment Change 2.90 30.20 59.20 -13.50 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 61.50 61.50 63.70 56.00 percent [+]


Canada Unemployment Rate

In Canada, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - Canada Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Canada Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.00 5.80 13.10 2.90 1966 - 2018 percent Monthly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.74 Mar/18
Brazil 12.70 May/18
Italy 10.70 May/18
Turkey 10.10 Mar/18
France 9.20 Mar/18
Euro Area 8.40 May/18
Canada 6.00 Jun/18
Australia 5.40 May/18
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Russia 4.70 May/18
United Kingdom 4.20 Apr/18
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China 3.89 Mar/18
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India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.40 May/18
Mexico 3.20 May/18
Switzerland 2.40 Jun/18
Japan 2.20 May/18


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