Statistics Canada to release May jobs numbers, expected to show more losses

Daniel Fowler
June 5, 2020

Combined with more people reporting getting regular hours, the agency said Canada had recovered only 10.6 per cent of employment losses and absences related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But with more people in the workforce, the jobless rate has still climbed to 13.4 per cent province-wide. The provincial unemployment rate rose to 13.6 per cent in May, up from 11.3 per cent in April.

Manitoba's jobless rate was on a downward trend in May 2020, going against the national rate which saw record-high unemployment. Numerous gains came in the leisure and hospitality sector, where reopened restaurants saw job levels increase by 1.2 million, following losses of 7.5 million in April and 743,000 in March.

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Here's a simple but important picture of what's happening to jobs. Ontario was the only province with losses, albeit at a slower pace than in March and April.

Employment in the goods producing sector gained 164,700 jobs, led by manufacturing and construction. But unemployment remains extremely high compared to 2019 levels. Leisure and hospitality had a 35.9% unemployment rate in May, almost three times the overall national unemployment rate.

In May, employment rose by 290,000, while the number of people who worked less than half their usual hours dropped 292,000. The vast majority of laid-off workers (77 percent) said it was likely that they would be rehired by their most recent employers. These people want to be working a full, 40-hour work week, but can not. Furthermore, from April to May, 2.8 million more people moved from unemployment to employment than moved from employment to unemployment. Greater Victoria's unemployment rate in April was 7.2 per cent. As the figure below shows, weekly continuing claims have tracked the number of unemployed persons reported in the monthly Employment Situation report, assuming a constant rate of change between the months. The survey instructs those who are employed but are not at work due to coronavirus to be marked as unemployed on temporary layoff. People not actively seeking work aren't counted in unemployment figures.

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