The Canadian job market continued to recover last month, although the place of employment increases has slowed. The economy added 84,000 new jobs in October, according to the latest Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada. This is a far cry from the 378,000 jobs added in September.
These job gains brought the national unemployment rate down to 8.9 percent from the previous month’s 9 percent. Most of last month’s job creation was in full-time employment.
Stats Can estimates that 1.8 million Canadians are still out of work despite these increases.
The food services and accommodation industry continues to be hit hard by the effects of the pandemic. That sector lost a further 48,000 jobs last month, with the bulk of these losses being felt in the province of Quebec.
Employment in New Brunswick is close to its pre-COVID level, down just 2.3 percent from before the pandemic struck. Newfoundland and Labrador are even closer to a full recovery with employment just 0.5 percent lower than it was before the coronavirus struck.
Working from home continues to be an important adaptation to COVID-19 health risks. The number of Canadians who were working from home increased by approximately 150,000 in October, bringing the total to 2.4 million Canadians who do not normally work remotely doing so in October.
Here’s a look at the current unemployment rates across Canada
(Along with available jobs on CareerBeacon)
Newfoundland and Labrador 12.8 percent [View jobs in NL]
Prince Edward Island 10.0 percent [Jobs in PEI]
Nova Scotia 8.7 percent [Jobs in Nova Scotia]
New Brunswick 10.1 percent [Available jobs in New Brunswick]
Quebec 7.7 percent [See jobs in Quebec]
Ontario 9.6 percent [Job opportunities in Ontario]
Manitoba 7.1 percent [Jobs in Manitoba]
Saskatchewan 6.4 percent [Jobs in Saskatchewan]
Alberta 10.7 percent [Available jobs in Alberta]
British Columbia 8.0 percent [See jobs in B.C.]
You can read the full Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada for more detail.