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 percent 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.

See also: Unemployment in Canada hits new post-pandemic low in October

Statistics Canada pointed out that the number of accommodation and food services workers 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 percent [View jobs in NL]

Prince Edward Island 10.6 percent [Search jobs in PEI]

Nova Scotia 7.8 percent [See jobs in Nova Scotia]

New Brunswick 9.3 percent [View available jobs in New Brunswick]

Quebec 5.8 percent [See jobs in Quebec]

Ontario 7.6 percent [Job opportunities in Ontario]

Manitoba 5.7 percent [Jobs in Manitoba]

Saskatchewan 7.0 percent [Browse jobs in Saskatchewan]

Alberta 7.9 percent [Available jobs in Alberta]

British Columbia 6.2 percent [See jobs in B.C.]

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

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