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Canadian economy saw surprising job losses in April

After several months of positive job gains, employment in Canada fell by 207,000 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate inched up by 0.6 percentage points to 8.1 per cent.

These declines in employment were seen in both full-time and part-time work last month.

Those are the findings of the latest Labour Force Survey released by Statistics Canada this morning. The data agency found that COVID is still largely to blame for the negative employment situation. This is because jobs were lost in several industries that were directly impacted by public health restrictions, this includes retail trade (which shed 84,000 jobs); accommodation and food services (which dropped 59,000 positions); and information, culture and recreation (which saw losses of 26,000 jobs).

Accommodation and food services actually accounts for more than two-thirds (70.9 per cent) of the overall employment gap when compared with February 2020 – right before the affects of the pandemic hit. Since then, the sector had lost 503,000 jobs.

Ontario and British Columbia saw the bulk of the job losses in April. By contrast, employment actually increased in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. (There was little change in all other provinces.) New Brunswick gained 4,100 new jobs last month, and the and the unemployment fell to 8.5 per cent.

See jobs in New Brunswick available right now on CareerBeacon.

Here’s a look at the unemployment rates for each province right now
(Along with jobs openings on CareerBeacon)

Newfoundland and Labrador 13.9 per cent [View jobs in NL]

Prince Edward Island 8.2 per cent [Search jobs in PEI]

Nova Scotia 8.1 per cent [See jobs in Nova Scotia]

New Brunswick 8.5 per cent [View available jobs in New Brunswick]

Quebec 6.6 per cent [See jobs in Quebec]

Ontario 9.0 per cent [Job opportunities in Ontario]

Manitoba 7.4 per cent [Jobs in Manitoba]

Saskatchewan 6.6 per cent [Browse jobs in Saskatchewan]

Alberta 9.0 per cent [Available jobs in Alberta]

British Columbia 7.1 per cent [See jobs in B.C.]

Read the complete Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada for April.

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