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 per cent from the previous month’s 9 per cent. Most of last month’s job creation was in full time employment.
Despite these increases, Stats Can estimates that 1.8 million Canadians are still out of work.
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 per cent from before the pandemic struck. Newfoundland and Labrador is even closer to full recovery with employment just 0.5 per cent 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, bring 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 per cent [View jobs in NL]
Prince Edward Island 10.0 per cent [Jobs in PEI]
Nova Scotia 8.7 per cent [Jobs in Nova Scotia]
New Brunswick 10.1 per cent [Available jobs in New Brunswick]
Quebec 7.7 per cent [See jobs in Quebec]
Ontario 9.6 per cent [Job opportunities in Ontario]
Manitoba 7.1 per cent [Jobs in Manitoba]
Saskatchewan 6.4 per cent [Jobs in Saskatchewan]
Alberta 10.7 per cent [Available jobs in Alberta]
British Columbia 8.0 per cent [See jobs in B.C.]
You can read the full Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada for more detail.