Canada added 35,000 new jobs in December, 320,000 over 2019

Good news for job seekers. The Canadian economy had a much better month for job creation in December than we saw in November, ending the year on a high note. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 per cent last month with the addition of 35,000 full-time jobs, according to Statistics Canada.

In December, employment increased in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, while there were fewer people working in Newfoundland and Labrador. There was little change in employment in the other provinces last month.

The last Labour Force Survey of 2019 reveals that Canada saw 320,000 jobs created last year, largely (+283,000) in full-time work. There were 5,000 more people working in New Brunswick over the past 12 months.

Here’s a look at the current unemployment rates – and available job opportunities – across Canada right now.

Unemployment rate by province (and open jobs on CareerBeacon)

Newfoundland and Labrador 11.2 per cent [View jobs in NL]

Prince Edward Island 7.9 per cent [Jobs in PEI]

Nova Scotia 7.9 per cent [Jobs in Nova Scotia]

New Brunswick 7.5 per cent [Available jobs in New Brunswick]

Quebec 5.3 per cent [See jobs in Quebec]

Ontario 5.3 per cent [Job opportunities in Ontario]

Manitoba 5.0 per cent [Jobs in Manitoba]

Saskatchewan 5.7 per cent [Jobs in Saskatchewan]

Alberta 7.0 per cent [Available jobs in Alberta]

British Columbia 4.8 per cent [See jobs in B.C.]

You can read the full Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada for December, 2019 here.

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