Latest job numbers: Employment in Atlantic Canada returns to pre-COVID levels

There is both some good news and some bad news in the latest data on the Canadian job scene. Statistics Canada has just released the Labour Force Survey for November, and the economy continues to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, that recovery shows signs of slowing down.

This country added another 62,000 new jobs last month – which is well above the 20,000 that most economists had been predicting. However, it is fewer than the 84,000 jobs we gained in October or the 378,000 added in September.

November’s gains brought the national unemployment rate down to 8.5 per cent from the previous month’s 8.9 per cent. While this is the lowest that the jobless rate has been since March, it is still well above the pre-lockdown record low of 5.5 per cent back in February.

Employment increased in six provinces last month: Ontario, British Columbia and in all four Atlantic provinces. By November, employment in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick had returned to pre-COVID levels.

Here’s a summary of the current unemployment rates (and available job opportunities) across the country right now.

Unemployment rate by province
(and job postings on CareerBeacon)

Newfoundland and Labrador 12.2 per cent [View jobs in NL]

Prince Edward Island 10.2 per cent [Jobs in PEI]

Nova Scotia 6.4 per cent [Jobs in Nova Scotia]

New Brunswick 9.6 per cent [Available jobs in New Brunswick]

Quebec 7.2 per cent [See jobs in Quebec]

Ontario 9.1 per cent [Job opportunities in Ontario]

Manitoba 7.4 per cent [Jobs in Manitoba]

Saskatchewan 6.9 per cent [Jobs in Saskatchewan]

Alberta 11.1 per cent [Available jobs in Alberta]

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

You can read the complete Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada for more detail.

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