Employment in Canada is in expansion, reveals latest labour force survey
Are you looking for a new job position in Canada? The Canadian job market is promising these days. That is what Statistic’s Canada latest labour force survey reveals. The study, released on the 1st of December, showed that for the second month in a row, the employment numbers had an up of 80,000 in November. While the unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage points to 5.9%. That is the lowest rate since February 2008.
In addition, in the 12 months to November, employment in Canada was up by 390,000 (+2.1%). In comparison to 12 months earlier, private sector employees’ number rose by 218,000 (+1.8%), while public sector employment rose by 88,000 (+2.4%) and self-employment was up by 85,000 (+3.1%). Also, the unemployment rate trended downwards in the same period, falling 0.9 percentage points over this period.
You can see the highlights of November 2017 below:
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Job market in Canada: labour force survey by province
Leading the national employment growth, Ontario employed 44,000 workers in November, mostly in wholesale and retail trade and manufacturing. Considering the previous 12 months, employment gains in the province totalled 181,000 (+2.6%). The employment gains were all in full-time jobs. While the unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage points to 5.5%. Ontario has seen a downward trend in the unemployment rate since the beginning of 2016 and that is the lowest rate since July 2000.
Recently, the federal and the provincial governments have announced an agreement meant to improve skilled immigrants’ recruitment rates. The agreement also forecasts improvements on the training given to newcomers to meet the provincial professional standards. For this training programs, the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA) will include up to $91 million in funding over the next three years.
More 18,000 workers were employed in November in British Columbia. Considering the past 12 months, the gains are up to 92,000 (+3.8%). Most of them in full-time job positions. The unemployment rate in BC had a little changed in comparison to October and still the lowest among all provinces. While the national unemployment rate was 5.9% in November, BC’s rate was 4.8%.
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For the second month in a row, employment grew in Quebec. Up to 16,000 workers were employed in November, most of them in the manufacturing and construction sectors. Considering the past 12 months to November, employment gains in the province totalled 78,000 (+1.9%). All the gains were in full-time jobs.
As Ontario, Quebec has seen a downward trend in the unemployment rate since the start of 2016. The unemployment rate in November in Quebec was also the lowest recorded since January 1976: it fell by 0.7 percentage points to 5.4%.
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Prince Edward Island
More 1,400 people were employed in November in Prince Edward Island, while the unemployment rate to a record low of 8.8% (-1.5 percentage points). Also, the employment gains in the province totalled 2,500 (+3.5%) in the past 12 months to November.
It is always nice to remember that Prince Edward Island is part of the Atlantic Canada. And, therefore, participates in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a federal program meant to boost immigration in the region.
The unemployment rate fell by 0.5 percentage points to 7.3% in November in Alberta. Considering the past 12 months, employment growth in the province totalled 34,000 (+1.5%), all in full-time jobs, while in November the employment held steady.
Forecasted to be the metropolitan areas with the fastest growth in Canada’s economy this year, Calgary and Edmonton are bringing impressive results not only to the province of Alberta but for the entire country. A recent study from Conference Board of Canada brings data about the reasons behind that success and some insights that show why this might be a good area for immigrating to Canada.
Immigrants will fill labour gaps in Canada
Recently, Canada’s government revealed its Immigration Plans for next three years: admit 340,000 new immigrants a year. The federal authorities want to have, by 2020, an increase of 13 percent in overall immigration numbers. New immigrants in Canada will come gradually to fill labour gaps. Also, Canada must increase the number of immigrants to prevent a fiscal and economic collapse posed by its aging population and low birth rate.
Therefore, Canada wants to invest more in economic programs designed to bring skilled workers and boost the economy. Especially, the Express Entry, program that brought impressive numbers of workers to Canada and that will celebrate three years of existence in January 2018. But the government also wants to keep putting effort into the Provincial Nominee Programs. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), for example, is bringing news for 2018 to attract even more immigrants.
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