Canadian unemployment hits lowest level since the outset of the pandemic

The Canadian economy added 90,000 jobs in August, according to the latest Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada. These gains brought the overall national unemployment rate down to 7.1 per cent from the 7.5 we saw in July. This is the lowest the unemployment rate has been since the effects of the global pandemic were first felt in March of last year.

August marked the third consecutive month of solid employment gains for Canada. Most of the jobs created were full-time positions. The industry that saw employment bounce back the most last month was the accommodation and food services sector – as more and more shuttered businesses open up and call back staff.

Statistics Canada pointed out that the number of workers in accommodation and food services has returned to its pre-COVID level in New Brunswick. This one of the sectors with so many job openings that is is currently experiencing labour shortage conditions. See: Five red hot sectors where it is a job seekers market right now.

Employment increased in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. The other provinces recorded little or no change.

Here’s a look at the current unemployment rates across the country
(Along with available jobs posted on CareerBeacon)

Newfoundland and Labrador 12.1 per cent [View jobs in NL]

Prince Edward Island 10.6 per cent [Search jobs in PEI]

Nova Scotia 7.8 per cent [See jobs in Nova Scotia]

New Brunswick 9.3 per cent [View available jobs in New Brunswick]

Quebec 5.8 per cent [See jobs in Quebec]

Ontario 7.6 per cent [Job opportunities in Ontario]

Manitoba 5.7 per cent [Jobs in Manitoba]

Saskatchewan 7.0 per cent [Browse jobs in Saskatchewan]

Alberta 7.9 per cent [Available jobs in Alberta]

British Columbia 6.2 per cent [See jobs in B.C.]

Read the complete Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada for August 2021.

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