Canada Unemployment Rate 1966-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in Canada declined to 5.9 percent in November of 2017 from 6.3 percent in October and well below market expectations of 6.2 percent. It is the lowest jobless rate since February of 2008 as the economy added 80,000 jobs. Unemployment Rate in Canada averaged 7.68 percent from 1966 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 13.10 percent in December of 1982 and a record low of 2.90 percent in June of 1966.

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Canada Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.9%, Lowest Since 2008


The unemployment rate in Canada declined to 5.9 percent in November of 2017 from 6.3 percent in October and well below market expectations of 6.2 percent. It is the lowest jobless rate since February of 2008 as the economy added 80,000 jobs.

In November, employment increased for women 55 and older, for youth aged 15 to 24, and for core-aged men (25 to 54). There was little change for the other demographic groups.

Employment rose in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. At the same time, fewer people were employed in New Brunswick, while there was little change in the other provinces.

A number of goods and services producing industries recorded employment gains: wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, educational services, and construction. On the other hand, a decrease was observed in agriculture.

The employment increase in November was largely among private sector employees, as both public sector employment and the number of self-employed were little changed.

Statistics Canada | Joana Taborda |
12/1/2017 3:32:47 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-10-06 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 6.2% 6.2% 6.3% 6.2%
2017-11-03 12:30 PM Unemployment Rate 6.3% 6.2% 6.2% 6.2%
2017-12-01 01:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.9% 6.3% 6.2% 6.2%
2018-01-05 01:30 PM Unemployment Rate 5.9%
2018-02-09 01:30 PM Unemployment Rate
2018-03-09 01:30 PM Unemployment Rate


Canada Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.90 6.30 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18568.90 18489.40 18568.90 9636.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 1156.50 1235.40 1748.90 691.50 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 49.90 -53.40 136.30 -102.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 29.60 88.70 148.40 -145.10 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 79.50 35.30 94.00 -124.80 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.70 65.70 67.70 61.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 10.80 11.10 20.70 10.30 percent [+]
Productivity 108.99 109.62 109.79 69.08 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 114.90 114.65 116.47 49.37 Index Points [+]
Wages 24.24 23.76 24.73 13.73 CAD/Hour [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 25.26 24.71 26.55 14.96 CAD/Hour [+]
Minimum Wages 11.40 11.40 11.40 1.00 CAD/Hour [+]
Population 36.44 35.99 36.44 17.91 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 16336.30 16297.40 16336.30 10863.80 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 460215.00 387505.00 460215.00 329710.00 [+]
Living Wage Family 2690.00 2860.00 2930.00 2690.00 CAD/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1970.00 2050.00 2080.00 1970.00 CAD/Month [+]
Employment Rate 61.80 61.60 63.70 56.00 percent [+]


Canada Unemployment Rate

In Canada, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - Canada Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Canada Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.90 6.30 13.10 2.90 1966 - 2017 percent Monthly




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Country Last
Spain 16.38 Sep/17
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Italy 11.10 Oct/17
Turkey 10.60 Sep/17
France 9.70 Sep/17
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Indonesia 5.50 Sep/17
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South Korea 3.70 Nov/17
Germany 3.60 Oct/17
Mexico 3.50 Oct/17
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