Easter Bunny Bounces Jobs Into March in Canada

Yes, I know the Easter bunny would help the April employment numbers, but the headline is still great.

Employment is up and Unemployment is down for March 2012 in Canada (according to Stats Canada), which is very good news:

Following four months of little change, employment increased by 82,000 in March, mostly in full-time work. This brought the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 7.2%.


Compared with 12 months earlier, employment was up 1.1% or 197,000. Almost all of this growth was in full-time employment, up 181,000 (+1.3%), while part-time employment edged up. The total number of hours worked rose 1.6% over the same period.

The fact that it is Full Time employment is the most important news that I can read in that paragraph. The numbers of hours worked going up is good too.

Employment for Past Little While

Employment gains in March were spread across several industries, including health care and social assistance; information, culture and recreation; and public administration. There was a decline in educational services.

Interesting cross-section of jobs that were created, and all of this is good news for Canadians, but now we must wait to see that the ramifications are from Government cuts at the Provincial and also at the Federal level.

Unemployment for Past little While in Canada

A much more optimistic looking graph for Canadians.

The Big Table

As usual I include one of the Big Tables from our friends at Stats Canada, and some interesting numbers appear in the table.

Labour force characteristics by age and sex - Seasonally adjusted

February 2012 March 2012 Feb to
Mar 2012
Mar  2011 to
Mar 2012
Feb to
Mar 2012
Mar 2011 to
Mar 2012
thousands (except rates) change in thousands (except rates) % change
Both sexes, 15 years and over
Population 28,180.9 28,208.1 27.2 318.9 0.1 1.1
Labour force 18,740.3 18,792.8 52.5 128.9 0.3 0.7
Employment 17,354.2 17,436.5 82.3 197.2 0.5 1.1
Full-time 14,058.0 14,128.0 70.0 181.3 0.5 1.3
Part-time 3,296.1 3,308.5 12.4 15.9 0.4 0.5
Unemployment 1,386.2 1,356.2 -30.0 -68.4 -2.2 -4.8
Participation rate 66.5 66.6 0.1 -0.3
Unemployment rate 7.4 7.2 -0.2 -0.4
Employment rate 61.6 61.8 0.2 0.0
Part-time rate 19.0 19.0 0.0 -0.1
Youths, 15 to 24 years
Population 4,456.2 4,456.7 0.5 -1.9 0.0 -0.0
Labour force 2,822.8 2,843.3 20.5 -33.7 0.7 -1.2
Employment 2,409.1 2,448.3 39.2 -15.7 1.6 -0.6
Full-time 1,268.8 1,302.0 33.2 1.5 2.6 0.1
Part-time 1,140.3 1,146.3 6.0 -17.2 0.5 -1.5
Unemployment 413.7 395.0 -18.7 -18.1 -4.5 -4.4
Participation rate 63.3 63.8 0.5 -0.7
Unemployment rate 14.7 13.9 -0.8 -0.5
Employment rate 54.1 54.9 0.8 -0.4
Part-time rate 47.3 46.8 -0.5 -0.4
Men, 25 years and over
Population 11,609.3 11,622.2 12.9 159.6 0.1 1.4
Labour force 8,429.3 8,460.2 30.9 76.8 0.4 0.9
Employment 7,899.5 7,927.9 28.4 102.2 0.4 1.3
Full-time 7,281.3 7,305.2 23.9 88.9 0.3 1.2
Part-time 618.2 622.6 4.4 13.2 0.7 2.2
Unemployment 529.8 532.3 2.5 -25.4 0.5 -4.6
Participation rate 72.6 72.8 0.2 -0.3
Unemployment rate 6.3 6.3 0.0 -0.4
Employment rate 68.0 68.2 0.2 -0.1
Part-time rate 7.8 7.9 0.1 0.1
Women, 25 years and over
Population 12,115.4 12,129.2 13.8 161.2 0.1 1.3
Labour force 7,488.2 7,489.3 1.1 85.8 0.0 1.2
Employment 7,045.6 7,060.4 14.8 110.8 0.2 1.6
Full-time 5,508.0 5,520.8 12.8 90.9 0.2 1.7
Part-time 1,537.6 1,539.6 2.0 19.9 0.1 1.3
Unemployment 442.6 428.9 -13.7 -24.9 -3.1 -5.5
Participation rate 61.8 61.7 -0.1 -0.2
Unemployment rate 5.9 5.7 -0.2 -0.4
Employment rate 58.2 58.2 0.0 0.1
Part-time rate 21.8 21.8 0.0 -0.1
not applicable
Note(s): 
Related CANSIM table 282-0087.

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  • Ian July 12, 2012, 9:58 AM

    Thanks for sharing those stats with us. At Workcircle Canada we’re trying to help those jobseekers. Canada seems to be quite strong compared to some of the other countries who are struggling. Lets hope the job market trend continues there.

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  • jelly April 10, 2012, 4:08 AM

    oh,this is really a good news for all the world people,although i’m not a canadian,but i hope all the world economy can come to a good status.
    then no matter the citizen orthe goverment will recover the life they want.of course inclued me.

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