Canada saw huge employment gains last month – here’s where the jobs are

The Canadian economy posted much larger than expected job gains in August. Statistics Canada reports that the country saw 81,100 more people working last month, far outpacing the fewer than 20,000 most economists had been predicting.

With these gains, the national unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 per cent, as more people entered the labour market and began looking for work.

The latest Labour Force Survey shows that employment has increased in Canada by over 470,000 new jobs since this time last year – and overall wages have increased by 3.8 per cent over that same period.

Regionally, New Brunswick saw job gains in August, along with Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The largest employment increases were in Ontario and Quebec. There was little change in the number of people working in the other provinces.

Here’s a look at the current unemployment rates by province (as well as jobs available right now on CareerBeacon)

Newfoundland and Labrador 13.1 per cent [View jobs in NL]

Prince Edward Island 8.9 per cent [Jobs in PEI]

Nova Scotia 7.9 per cent [Jobs in Nova Scotia]

New Brunswick 8.6 per cent [Available jobs in New Brunswick]

Quebec 4.7 per cent [See jobs in Quebec]

Ontario 5.6 per cent [Job opportunities in Ontario]

Manitoba 5.6 per cent [Jobs in Manitoba]

Saskatchewan 5.1 per cent [Jobs in Saskatchewan]

Alberta 7.2 per cent [Available jobs in Alberta]

British Columbia 5.0 per cent [See jobs in B.C.]

There were more people working in the private sector last month, particularly in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing; educational services; and in professional, scientific and technical services.

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