Employment in Quebec was little changed last month, as the unemployment rate fell 0.5 percentage points to 6.7%, the lowest rate among all provinces.
This is what Statistics Canada reported on Friday, specifying that there were fewer people looking for work.
Nationally, employment fell by 63,000 (-0.3%) in December. This is the first drop since April.
“In December, 1.1 million Canadian workers were affected by the economic crisis linked to COVID-19 due to job loss or reduced working hours, compared to 5.5 million in April” , we said.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate stood at 8.6% in December, similar to the 8.5% rate recorded in November.
“As more provinces have adapted their public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, total hours worked fell for the first time since April, down 0.3% in December,” the federal body said.
In Ontario, the unemployment rate rose 0.4 percentage points to 9.5%, due to more people looking for work. It was 11.0% in Alberta, 7.8% in Saskatchewan and 8.2% in Manitoba.