The national unemployment rate was 7% in May. Most new jobs are part-time.
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Canadian unemployment rises to 7% in May


The Canadian jobs market has slowed down. Canada’s unemployment rate rose to 7.0% in May, 0.1 percentage point over the previous month, according to Statistics Canada.

25,800 jobs were created, but most of them were part-time or temporary seasonal work. At the same time, many young workers, most of them university and college students, entered the job market looking for summer jobs.

Employment increased in the province of Alberta, while it declined in Newfoundland and Labrador. In Ontario, the unemployment rate rose slightly by 0.1 percentage point to 7.3%. In Quebec there were more people searching for work, pushing the unemployment rate up 0.4 percentage points to 8.0%.

There were more people working in educational services, accommodation and food services, and in agriculture. Jobs were lost in finance, insurance, real estate and leasing in May, while manufacturing and construction remained unchanged.

Canada’s national unemployment by province in May (previous month in brackets):

  • Newfoundland 12.7 (12.1)
  • Prince Edward Island 12.2 (11.7)
  • Nova Scotia 8.9 (8.9)
  • New Brunswick 10.2 (10.5)
  • Quebec 8.0 (7.6)
  • Ontario 7.3 (7.4)
  • Manitoba 5.5 (5.9)
  • Saskatchewan 3.7 (3.4)
  • Alberta 4.6 (4.7)
  • British Columbia 6.1 (5.8)

Unemployment in major cities in May (previous month in brackets):

  • St. John’s, N.L. 6.4 (5.9)
  • Halifax 5.8 (6.1)
  • Moncton, N.B. 5.9 (6.8)
  • Saint John, N.B. 7.7 (7.3)
  • Saguenay, Que. 9.8 (10.1)
  • Quebec 5.0 (4.5)
  • Sherbrooke, Que. 8.6 (8.3)
  • Trois-Rivieres, Que. 8.3 (8.1)
  • Montreal 8.0 (7.9)
  • Gatineau, Que. 6.5 (6.7)
  • Ottawa 6.8 (6.9)
  • Kingston, Ont. 6.9 (6.4)
  • Peterborough, Ont. 11.1 (11.6)
  • Oshawa, Ont. 7.3 (7.0)
  • Toronto 7.6 (7.8)
  • Hamilton, Ont. 6.9 (6.4)
  • St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 8.0 (8.2)
  • Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 6.7 (6.8)
  • Brantford, Ont. 7.2 (7.0)
  • Guelph, Ont. 7.6 (7.2)
  • London, Ont. 7.7 (8.0)
  • Windsor, Ont. 8.6 (8.4)
  • Barrie, Ont. 7.3 (7.2)
  • Sudbury, Ont. 6.7 (6.2)
  • Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.8 (5.8)
  • Winnipeg 5.9 (5.7)
  • Regina 3.4 (3.4)
  • Saskatoon 4.2 (4.4)
  • Calgary 5.4 (5.3)
  • Edmonton 5.2 (4.8)
  • Kelowna, B.C. 4.7 (5.3)
  • Abbotsford, B.C. 7.5 (7.8)
  • Vancouver 5.5 (5.7)
  • Victoria 5.2 (5.1)


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One comment on “Canadian unemployment rises to 7% in May
  1. Avatar Benalbanach says:

    Consider the airline industry as an example of what’s wrong with our system. Managements pressure government to allow cut-backs in the number of attendants on an aircraft.They attack pensions and earnings. They automate seat selection and check- in procedures. The goal of course is to increase profit but who benefits from the increased profit ? Certainly not the folks doing the work. Not the public as fares inevitably rise.
    These practices are employed by other businesses . Less people do more and the profits go to the top. When unions attempt to protect their workers they are vilified by those who have no union.If this continues what kind of society will we be left with ? And in the end will there be enough that have enough to buy from the rich to keep business functioning ?