June job creation blows past estimates

Daniel Fowler
July 12, 2020

As of June, three months into the pandemic, the area's unemployment rate stood at 12.6 per cent, up nearly a full percentage point from last month and more than double the rate before the health crisis hit in March, grinding much of the region's economy to a halt.

Employment also increased in every province, and job gains grew faster among harder-hit lower-wage workers - those earning $16.03 per hour or under - compared to other employees.

Joblessness in the province remained at 15.5 per cent in June, which was the same it had been in May.

"June estimates suggest improvements in the region's labour market conditions with renewed growth in the labour force".

Most of the new jobs came from Ontario and Quebec, which added 378,000 and 248,000 jobs, respectively.

The majority of jobs added in Ontario over the last month are full-time positions while only about 158,000 of them are part-time.

People are getting back to work right across the country now and numbers show it.

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Statistics Canada said on Friday that the country has regained some 1.2 million of the 3 million jobs lost from February to April as non-essential businesses across the country were shut to curb the coronavirus outbreak. The June unemployment rate for the Western Alberta region is the highest in Alberta, just ahead of Edmonton and Calgary. However, the unemployment rate is still higher for women with 12.7% than it is for men with 12.1%.

Lifting coronavirus-related lockdown restrictions around the country has sparked the beginning of Canada's economic recovery. Meanwhile, the proportion of households reporting difficulty paying the bills dropped to 20.1 per cent in June from 22.5 per cent in May.

Moreover, employment in education services increased by 57,000 between April and June, meanwhile employment gains in healthcare and social assistance increased by 121,000. Overall, 14.8% of Albertans are looking for work but can't find any.

New Brunswick has seen employment go back to 97.1% of its pre-pandemic levels which is the most complete recovery of all the provinces according to StatCan.

Information for this briefing was found via Statistics Canada.

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