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Canada’s Workforce by the Numbers

A veritable phone book of numbers circulates about Canada’s economy at the best of times, but add the influx of Statistics Canada’s monthly job report, and a person risks getting swamped in the deluge.


Here’s a hit list of the latest for September:

  • The number of working Canadians: 17,978,100 (there were 17,966,000 in August).
  • The number of unemployed souls in Canada: 1,364,500 (there were 1,346,100 in August).
  • Canada’s unemployment rate: 7.1 percent (It was 7.0 percent in August).
  • Canada’s employment rate: 61.2 percent (it was 61.3 percent in August).
  • Canada’s labour force participation rate: 65.9 percent (it was also 65.9 in August).
  • The youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 13.5 percent (it was 13.1 percent in August).
  • The rate of men (aged 25 plus) who were unemployed: 6.4 percent (there were 6.3 percent in August).
  • The rate of women (aged 25 plus) who were unemployed: 5.5 percent (there were 5.4 percent in August).
  • The number of new jobs the economy added: 12,000
  • The number of part-time jobs gained: 74,000.
  • The number of full-time jobs lost: 62,000.
  • The number of jobs lost in the education services sector (the economy’s biggest loser): 51,000 (mostly in Ontario and Quebec).
  • The number of jobs gained in the information, culture and recreation sector (the economy’s biggest winner): 33,000.
  • The increase in the count of self-employed folks: 31,000.
  • The decrease in public-sector jobs: 29,000.
  • The increase in private-sector jobs: 10,000.
  • The number of jobs British Columbia added: 12,000.
  • The number of jobs Alberta added: 12,000.
  • The number of jobs Manitoba added: 4,000.
  • The number of jobs Ontario lost: 34,000.
  • The number of jobs Quebec added: 11,000.
  • The number of jobs added to the Canadian economy in the third quarter: 31,000 (as compared to 33,000 in the second quarter, and 63,000 in the first).
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