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Canada lost nearly 2 million jobs in April amid pandemic: Statistics Canada

Canada’s economy lost nearly two million jobs in April as the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily shut down entire non-essential industries, the country’s national statistics agency reported Friday. The loss of 1,993,800 jobs in April came on top of more than one »


Canada lost more than 1M jobs in March due to COVID-19

Canada’s economy lost more than one million jobs in March due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s national statistics agency reported Thursday. In addition, the monthly Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey showed there were 1.3 million more »


Canadian economy added 35,000 jobs in December

Economists breathed a sigh of relief on Friday as the latest Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada showed that the country’s economy added 35,000 new jobs in December, bringing the total for the year 2019 as a whole to 320,000. »


Canada adds 27,700 jobs in May, unemployment rate falls to record low

The Canadian economy added 27,700 jobs in May pushing the unemployment rate to its lowest level since comparable data become available in 1976, Statistics Canada reported Friday. The unemployment rate was down 0.3 percentage points to 5.4 per cent, as the number of »


Part-time job gains drive up September job numbers

Canada’s economy cranked up 63,000 jobs in September, edging the unemployment rate lower to 5.9 per cent, and offsetting job losses in August, Statistics Canada reported Friday. However, almost all of the September job gains came from an increase in »


Canadian wages rise as job numbers see slight decline

Canadian wages hit their highest rate of growth in over five years in April but the economy lost 1,100 jobs after adding 32,000 jobs in March. Average hourly wages in April were 3.6 per cent higher than they were a »


Canada adds 32,000 jobs in March

The Canadian economy surprised economists by pumping out 32,000 new jobs in March, keeping the national unemployment rate unchanged at 5.8 per cent as more people joined the workforce, Statistics Canada reported Friday. Economists were expecting the economy to add »


Canada shed 88,000 jobs in January

The number of jobs in Canada fell by 88,000 in January, ending the economy’s 17-month streak of job gains, Statistics Canada said Friday. The overall number was dragged down by a loss of 137,000 part-time positions in what was easily »


Canada’s unemployment falls to lowest in 40 years

The unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in more than 40 years as the Canadian economy closed out a calendar year by pumping out 78,600 jobs, including 23,700 full-time jobs. That brought Canada’s unemployment rate to 5.7 per cent »

Economy, Society

Job growth flat in April and wages see weakest growth since 1997

The Canadian economy added 3,200 jobs and the unemployment dropped to 6.5 per cent in April, the lowest level since October 2008, but wage growth stalled to its weakest in more than two decades, Statistics Canada said Friday. Compared with the »