Canadian economy added 230,700 jobs in June, all part-time: StatCan

Statistics Canada says the economy added 230,700 jobs in June as restrictions put in place to slow the pandemic were rolled back across the country.

The gain came as the number of part-time positions rose 263,900, bringing it basically back to pre-pandemic levels, while the number of full-time jobs fell 33,200.

Statistics Canada said Friday the part-time gains were driven by jumps in jobs in the hard-hit retail and food services sectors and concentrated among youth.

The 101,000 jobs increase in the accommodation and food services sector was the largest increase since last July, with Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia accounting for most of the increase, while Ontario grew slower on account of restrictions on indoor dining.

More people also went looking for work in June, after giving up on the job hunt in May, as the total size of the labour force increased by 170,000 in June.

The unemployment rate fell to 7.8 per cent for the month compared with 8.2 per cent in May, which the statistics agency says was the lowest of the pandemic since the 7.5 per cent recorded in March.

The result for June left the country about 340,000 jobs, or almost two per cent, below pre-pandemic employment levels seen in February 2020.

Statistics Canada said the employment gap is likely closer to 540,000 jobs when factoring in population growth.

CIBC senior economist Royce Mendes says the overall increase in June shot past the best of market expectations, which could also mean gains in the coming months may be more modest than massive.

economy added 230,700 jobs in June as restrictions put in place to slow the pandemic were rolled back across the country.

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Here's a quick look at Canada's June employment data(numbers from the previous month in brackets):

  • Unemployment rate: 7.8 per cent (8.2)
  • Employment rate: 60.1 per cent (59.4)
  • Participation rate: 65.2 per cent (64.6)
  • Number unemployed: 1,591,600 (1,652,300)
  • Number working: 18,789,900 (18,559,200)
  • Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 13.6 per cent (15.9)
  • Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 7.2 per cent (6.9)
  • Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 6.5 per cent (7.0)

Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 13.0 per cent (13.4)
  • Prince Edward Island 12.5 per cent (9.6)
  • Nova Scotia 9.0 per cent (9.8)
  • New Brunswick 9.3 per cent (9.0)
  • Quebec 6.3 per cent (6.6)
  • Ontario 8.4 per cent (9.3)
  • Manitoba 7.6 per cent (7.2)
  • Saskatchewan 6.7 per cent (6.3)
  • Alberta 9.3 per cent (8.7)
  • British Columbia 6.6 per cent (7.0)

Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):

  • St. John's, N.L. 8.8 per cent (8.5)
  • Halifax 8.8 per cent (8.9)
  • Moncton, N.B. 7.8 per cent (8.8)
  • Saint John, N.B. 8.2 per cent (8.5)
  • Saguenay, Que. 6.5 per cent (6.1)
  • Quebec City 5.1 per cent (4.9)
  • Sherbrooke, Que. 5.1 per cent (4.6)
  • Trois-Rivieres, Que. 4.4 per cent (4.2)
  • Montreal 7.7 per cent (7.9)
  • Gatineau, Que. 6.3 per cent (6.2)
  • Ottawa 8.2 per cent (7.9)
  • Kingston, Ont. 8.9 per cent (8.7)
  • Peterborough, Ont. 5.9 per cent (5.9)
  • Oshawa, Ont. 9.0 per cent (8.4)
  • Toronto 9.8 per cent (9.6)
  • Hamilton, Ont. 8.1 per cent (7.7)
  • St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 11.5 per cent (10.8)
  • Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 6.5 per cent (6.7)
  • Brantford, Ont. 6.5 per cent (6.1)
  • Guelph, Ont. 9.4 per cent (9.1)
  • London, Ont. 10.0 per cent (9.7)
  • Windsor, Ont. 11.8 per cent (10.6)
  • Barrie, Ont. 8.4 per cent (7.7)
  • Greater Sudbury, Ont. 7.9 per cent (8.1)
  • Thunder Bay, Ont. 7.1 per cent (7.7)
  • Winnipeg 7.9 per cent (7.6)
  • Regina 6.8 per cent (7.5)
  • Saskatoon 7.3 per cent (7.4)
  • Calgary 9.2 per cent (8.7)
  • Edmonton 9.7 per cent (10.2)
  • Kelowna, B.C. 6.3 per cent (5.8)
  • Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 5.7 per cent (5.6)
  • Vancouver 7.5 per cent (7.5)
  • Victoria 5.4 per cent (6.3)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 9, 2021.