OTTAWA | as businesses resumed their activities in June as the déconfinement was done, Canada has created 953 000 new jobs, pushing the unemployment rate by 1.4 percentage points, to 12.3 %.
Of the 953 000 jobs generated, 488 000 were full time and 465 000 part-time. These two consecutive increases have made it so that “the level of employment in June was 1.8 million (-9,2 %) below the level observed in February,” said Statistics Canada Friday, when revealing the data of employment in the country.
In Quebec, the unemployment rate fell by 3.0 percentage points last month, reaching 10.7 %. The number of unemployed declined from about 119,000 in one month.
“The drop in unemployment in Quebec is entirely attributable to the decrease in the number of persons on temporary lay-off,” said the federal agency.
The increase in employment in the Province has reached 247 500 (+6.5% in June. The previous month, 231 000 jobs were added, allowing Québec to reach 92.2% of the level of employment measured in February, before the health crisis.
In march, the unemployment rate in Quebec rose to 8.1% it was 4.5 % in February, before exploding to 17.0% in April, and then back to 13.7 % in may.
The minister of Finance of Québec, Eric Girard, said the data are “encouraging”.
“The actions of the government since the beginning of the pandemic to bear [fruit],” said the minister, by press release.
“The figures are encouraging and demonstrate that our game plan works, he added. We have prioritized the protection of the health of Quebecers and then revive the economy déconfinant gradually some sectors, so that people can return to work.”
Statistics Canada reported Friday that employment rose in all provinces, as these assouplissaient their measures related to the COVID-19.
Unemployment rates of the canadian provinces in June
- New Brunswick: 9,9 % (-2,9 percentage points)
- Manitoba, up 10.1 % (1.1 point)
- Quebec: 10,7 % (- 3.0 points)
- Saskatchewan: 11.6 per cent (0.9 percentage points)
- Ontario: 12,2 % (-1,4 points)
- British Columbia: 13,0 % (0.4 point)
- Nova Scotia: 13,0 % (0.6 points)
- Île-du-Prince-Édouard: 15.2 per cent (+1.3 point)
- Alberta: 15,5 % (stable)
- Newfoundland and Labrador: 16,5 % (+0.2 point)
- Canadian average: 12,3 % (-1,4 points)