Better Job News in Canada for November

Our friends from Stats Canada announced on Friday a slowly improving picture in terms of jobs in Canada for November. The trend for this year has been slow and steady growth for jobs, which is much better than job loss, but, employment levels are still much lower (as a percentage) than before 2008 (will we ever get back to those numbers is the question, I suppose).

Employment, Stats Canada

Employment since 2008 (by number not percentage)

Unemployment held true at 6.9% as well.

Stats Canada did have a telling comment:

So far this year, employment growth has averaged 13,400 per month, compared with an average of 25,400 over the same period in 2012.

So the economy is not creating jobs as well as it did last year? That’s not very encouraging.

Unemployment, Canada,

Unemployment looks flat

Also job creation is working better for those over 25, than those under 25 (not a good thing either).

The Big Table

I include the big table showing the job situation by age group, look at the others, they are all very interesting.

Labour force characteristics by age and sex – Seasonally adjusted

October
2013

November
2013

Std error1

Oct to
Nov
2013

Nov 2012
to
Nov
2013

Oct to
Nov 2013

Nov 2012
to
Nov 2013

thousands (except rates)

change in thousands
(except rates)

% change

Both sexes, 15 years and over
Population

28,791.6

28,816.7

25.1

373.8

0.1

1.3

Labour force

19,118.9

19,131.3

29.2

12.4

130.9

0.1

0.7

Employment

17,793.9

17,815.5

28.9

21.6

179.1

0.1

1.0

Full-time

14,437.8

14,439.2

39.0

1.4

111.4

0.0

0.8

Part-time

3,356.2

3,376.2

35.7

20.0

67.6

0.6

2.0

Unemployment

1,325.0

1,315.8

25.1

-9.2

-48.3

-0.7

-3.5

Participation rate

66.4

66.4

0.1

0.0

-0.4

Unemployment rate

6.9

6.9

0.1

0.0

-0.3

Employment rate

61.8

61.8

0.1

0.0

-0.2

Part-time rate

18.9

19.0

0.2

0.1

0.2

Youths, 15 to 24 years
Population

4,445.0

4,442.1

-2.9

-14.4

-0.1

-0.3

Labour force

2,840.2

2,809.4

17.3

-30.8

-23.7

-1.1

-0.8

Employment

2,459.9

2,433.5

15.8

-26.4

-1.8

-1.1

-0.1

Full-time

1,284.7

1,274.1

18.6

-10.6

-3.2

-0.8

-0.3

Part-time

1,175.2

1,159.5

19.5

-15.7

1.5

-1.3

0.1

Unemployment

380.3

375.9

14.9

-4.4

-21.9

-1.2

-5.5

Participation rate

63.9

63.2

0.4

-0.7

-0.4

Unemployment rate

13.4

13.4

0.5

0.0

-0.6

Employment rate

55.3

54.8

0.4

-0.5

0.2

Part-time rate

47.8

47.6

0.7

-0.2

0.0

Men, 25 years and over
Population

11,921.5

11,936.1

14.6

195.5

0.1

1.7

Labour force

8,627.1

8,647.9

15.1

20.8

89.0

0.2

1.0

Employment

8,083.8

8,112.7

16.3

28.9

90.6

0.4

1.1

Full-time

7,460.4

7,474.7

22.0

14.3

63.8

0.2

0.9

Part-time

623.4

638.0

17.7

14.6

26.8

2.3

4.4

Unemployment

543.4

535.2

14.5

-8.2

-1.6

-1.5

-0.3

Participation rate

72.4

72.5

0.1

0.1

-0.4

Unemployment rate

6.3

6.2

0.2

-0.1

-0.1

Employment rate

67.8

68.0

0.1

0.2

-0.3

Part-time rate

7.7

7.9

0.2

0.2

0.3

Women, 25 years and over
Population

12,425.1

12,438.5

13.4

192.7

0.1

1.6

Labour force

7,651.6

7,674.0

16.6

22.4

65.5

0.3

0.9

Employment

7,250.3

7,269.2

16.5

18.9

90.2

0.3

1.3

Full-time

5,692.7

5,690.5

25.4

-2.2

50.9

0.0

0.9

Part-time

1,557.6

1,578.8

23.8

21.2

39.4

1.4

2.6

Unemployment

401.3

404.8

13.4

3.5

-24.7

0.9

-5.8

Participation rate

61.6

61.7

0.1

0.1

-0.4

Unemployment rate

5.2

5.3

0.2

0.1

-0.3

Employment rate

58.4

58.4

0.1

0.0

-0.2

Part-time rate

21.5

21.7

0.3

0.2

0.3

not applicable

1. Average standard error for change in two consecutive months. See “Sampling variability of estimates” in the section “About the Labour Force Survey” at the end of the publication Labour Force Information (Catalogue number71-001-X) for further explanations.

Note(s): 

Related CANSIM table 282-0087. The sum of individual categories may not always add up to the total as a result of rounding.

 

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Employment Hovers for April in Canada

Following a drop in March, employment was about the same in April and the unemployment rate remained at 7.2%, as well (according to Stats Canada).

The heartening news according to the report is that there were 163,000 more folks working and all full time compared to this time last year.

Employment Canada

Employment over the Past Little While

More interestingly public sector employment increased 2.6% or 94,000 jobs, while growth in self-employment was 2.2% (+59,000), which is not as heartening, it would be better to hear there were more private sector jobs. The Public Sector growth simply means more taxes and bigger government (IMHO (and I am a Civil Servant)) we need to stop growing the government, and get the Private Sector to create more jobs.

Unemployment Canada

Unemployment for the Past Little While

Big Table

Our friends at Stats Canada publish a plethora of really useful information with these monthly studies which I strongly urge you to go over and read, however, I like to include one of their really big tables of information:

Labour force characteristics by age and sex – Seasonally adjusted

March 2013 April 2013 Std error1 March
to
April 2013
April 2012
to
April 2013
March
to April 2013
April 2012
to April 2013
thousands (except rates) change in thousands (except rates) % change
Both sexes, 15 years and over
Population 28,551.2 28,588.7 37.5 346.7 0.1 1.2
Labour force 19,016.6 19,016.1 29.1 -0.5 150.7 0.0 0.8
Employment 17,641.9 17,654.4 28.7 12.5 162.5 0.1 0.9
Full-time 14,319.0 14,355.0 38.2 36.0 183.9 0.3 1.3
Part-time 3,323.0 3,299.4 35.1 -23.6 -21.5 -0.7 -0.6
Unemployment 1,374.7 1,361.7 25.2 -13.0 -11.7 -0.9 -0.9
Participation rate 66.6 66.5 0.1 -0.1 -0.3
Unemployment rate 7.2 7.2 0.1 0.0 -0.1
Employment rate 61.8 61.8 0.1 0.0 -0.1
Part-time rate 18.8 18.7 0.2 -0.1 -0.3
Youths, 15 to 24 years
Population 4,452.5 4,451.2 -1.3 -6.0 0.0 -0.1
Labour force 2,851.2 2,839.5 17.2 -11.7 -4.9 -0.4 -0.2
Employment 2,446.9 2,428.1 15.9 -18.8 -18.2 -0.8 -0.7
Full-time 1,285.7 1,292.0 18.5 6.3 2.0 0.5 0.2
Part-time 1,161.1 1,136.2 19.4 -24.9 -20.1 -2.1 -1.7
Unemployment 404.4 411.4 15.1 7.0 13.2 1.7 3.3
Participation rate 64.0 63.8 0.4 -0.2 0.0
Unemployment rate 14.2 14.5 0.5 0.3 0.5
Employment rate 55.0 54.5 0.4 -0.5 -0.4
Part-time rate 47.5 46.8 0.7 -0.7 -0.5
Men, 25 years and over
Population 11,796.8 11,815.9 19.1 176.8 0.2 1.5
Labour force 8,549.5 8,567.0 15.1 17.5 72.8 0.2 0.9
Employment 8,024.7 8,042.6 16.3 17.9 88.6 0.2 1.1
Full-time 7,414.7 7,416.7 21.6 2.0 72.3 0.0 1.0
Part-time 609.9 625.9 17.4 16.0 16.4 2.6 2.7
Unemployment 524.8 524.4 14.7 -0.4 -15.8 -0.1 -2.9
Participation rate 72.5 72.5 0.1 0.0 -0.5
Unemployment rate 6.1 6.1 0.2 0.0 -0.3
Employment rate 68.0 68.1 0.1 0.1 -0.2
Part-time rate 7.6 7.8 0.2 0.2 0.1
Women, 25 years and over
Population 12,302.0 12,321.5 19.5 175.8 0.2 1.4
Labour force 7,615.9 7,609.6 16.5 -6.3 82.9 -0.1 1.1
Employment 7,170.4 7,183.7 16.4 13.3 92.0 0.2 1.3
Full-time 5,618.5 5,646.4 25.0 27.9 109.8 0.5 2.0
Part-time 1,551.9 1,537.4 23.6 -14.5 -17.7 -0.9 -1.1
Unemployment 445.5 425.9 13.4 -19.6 -9.1 -4.4 -2.1
Participation rate 61.9 61.8 0.1 -0.1 -0.2
Unemployment rate 5.8 5.6 0.2 -0.2 -0.2
Employment rate 58.3 58.3 0.1 0.0 -0.1
Part-time rate 21.6 21.4 0.3 -0.2 -0.5
1.Average standard error for change in two consecutive months. See “Sampling Errors” in the section “About the Labour Force Survey” at the end of the publication Labour Force Information (Catalogue number71-001-X) for further explanations.
not applicable
Note(s): 
Related CANSIM table 282-0087.

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Unemployment Drops a Little

The alleged drop in the Unemployment rate is mostly from folks who gave up looking for jobs, so don’t start thinking the economy is turning around (just yet).

Employment was unchanged in February. A decline in the number of people searching for work pushed the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 7.4%. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment was up by 121,000 (+0.7%), with the bulk of the increase occurring in the first half of the period.

So that is a little depressing to hear, fewer people looking for a job is reason to lower numbers? That is very worrisome.

Employment numbers

Employment over the last little while

So where did these changes mostly happen?

Employment for the month declined in retail and wholesale trade; transportation and warehousing; health care and social assistance; and public administration. These declines were offset by increases in finance, insurance, real estate and leasing; educational services; and business, building and other support services.

How in an aging population can a drop in Health Care employment? These are very interesting times.

Unemployment for past little while

Note the graphic does not have an arrow pointing out that folks stopped looking for jobs to make that “drop” happen.

The Big Table

Stats Canada puts out some great data as well as this report, and I love the tables as well, so go over and check them out as well:

Labour force characteristics by age and sex – Seasonally adjusted

January 2012 February 2012 Jan
to Feb 2012
Feb 2011
to Feb 2012
Jan to
Feb 2012
Feb 2011
to Feb 2012
thousands (except rates) change in thousands (except rates) % change
Both sexes, 15 years and over
Population 28,156.4 28,180.9 24.5 314.4 0.1 1.1
Labour force 18,778.2 18,740.3 -37.9 69.7 -0.2 0.4
Employment 17,357.0 17,354.2 -2.8 120.5 0.0 0.7
Full-time 14,048.9 14,058.0 9.1 203.8 0.1 1.5
Part-time 3,308.1 3,296.1 -12.0 -83.4 -0.4 -2.5
Unemployment 1,421.2 1,386.2 -35.0 -50.7 -2.5 -3.5
Participation rate 66.7 66.5 -0.2 -0.5
Unemployment rate 7.6 7.4 -0.2 -0.3
Employment rate 61.6 61.6 0.0 -0.2
Part-time rate 19.1 19.0 -0.1 -0.6  …
Youths, 15 to 24 years
Population 4,457.0 4,456.2 -0.8 -2.6 0.0 -0.1
Labour force 2,847.8 2,822.8 -25.0 -67.2 -0.9 -2.3
Employment 2,435.9 2,409.1 -26.8 -68.7 -1.1 -2.8
Full-time 1,270.0 1,268.8 -1.2 -20.1 -0.1 -1.6
Part-time 1,165.9 1,140.3 -25.6 -48.6 -2.2 -4.1
Unemployment 411.9 413.7 1.8 1.5 0.4 0.4
Participation rate 63.9 63.3 -0.6 -1.5
Unemployment rate 14.5 14.7 0.2 0.4
Employment rate 54.7 54.1 -0.6 -1.5
Part-time rate 47.9 47.3 -0.6 -0.7  …
Men, 25 years and over
Population 11,596.5 11,609.3 12.8 158.2 0.1 1.4
Labour force 8,431.8 8,429.3 -2.5 79.3 0.0 0.9
Employment 7,873.7 7,899.5 25.8 111.3 0.3 1.4
Full-time 7,261.9 7,281.3 19.4 122.5 0.3 1.7
Part-time 611.9 618.2 6.3 -11.2 1.0 -1.8
Unemployment 558.1 529.8 -28.3 -31.9 -5.1 -5.7
Participation rate 72.7 72.6 -0.1 -0.3
Unemployment rate 6.6 6.3 -0.3 -0.4
Employment rate 67.9 68.0 0.1 0.0
Part-time rate 7.8 7.8 0.0 -0.3  …
Women, 25 years and over
Population 12,102.9 12,115.4 12.5 158.9 0.1 1.3
Labour force 7,498.6 7,488.2 -10.4 57.5 -0.1 0.8
Employment 7,047.3 7,045.6 -1.7 77.9 0.0 1.1
Full-time 5,517.0 5,508.0 -9.0 101.4 -0.2 1.9
Part-time 1,530.3 1,537.6 7.3 -23.5 0.5 -1.5
Unemployment 451.3 442.6 -8.7 -20.3 -1.9 -4.4
Participation rate 62.0 61.8 -0.2 -0.3
Unemployment rate 6.0 5.9 -0.1 -0.3
Employment rate 58.2 58.2 0.0 -0.1
Part-time rate 21.7 21.8 0.1 -0.6  …
… not applicable
Note(s):
Related CANSIM table 282-0087.

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Employment Stalling in Canada (August 2011)

So on Friday we learned that the Canadian economy’s ability to create jobs is starting to stall (not good news for Canada, or for Ontario’s provincial government).

In the past 12 months, employment has grown by 1.3% (+223,000), primarily in Ontario and Alberta, and among private sector employees. Over this period, full-time employment increased 2.2% (+300,000), part-time work declined 2.3% (-77,000) and total actual hours worked rose by 2.6%.

While overall this is good news the fact that in the past month, unemployment has ticked up, and employment is holding steady, means really no new jobs. Canada has been somewhat insulated from the failure to recovery that happened in the U.S. (OK some call it a double dip recession), hopefully this is not a shape of things to come moment for us.

Employment Graph for Canada Past Little While

I have noticed a great number of folks in the 20-25 years age group that are having a lot of problems finding jobs in the Ottawa region. They end up getting multiple part time jobs, but none of them pay enough for them to thrive and succeed (but this is only a personal observation, I may be wrong). This lack of hope for lack of a better term is a concern for the future.

Unemployment Graph for Canada in Past Little While

Unemployment “ticking up” 0.1% is never a good thing to see either.

The Big Table

For my regular readers, you know how much I love the detailed numbers, so here is one of the many big tables from Stats Canada that you should invest some time having a look at:

Labour force characteristics by age and sex – Seasonally adjusted

July 2011 August 2011 July to August
2011
August 2010
to August 2011
July to
August 2011
August 2010
to August 2011
thousands (except rates) change in thousands (except rates) % change
Both sexes, 15 years and over
Population 28,002.1 28,032.7 30.6 322.0 0.1 1.2
Labour force 18,696.1 18,706.6 10.5 84.6 0.1 0.5
Employment 17,344.2 17,338.7 -5.5 222.9 0.0 1.3
Full-time 14,016.6 14,042.3 25.7 300.2 0.2 2.2
Part-time 3,327.6 3,296.4 -31.2 -77.3 -0.9 -2.3
Unemployment 1,351.9 1,367.9 16.0 -138.3 1.2 -9.2
Participation rate 66.8 66.7 -0.1 -0.5
Unemployment rate 7.2 7.3 0.1 -0.8
Employment rate 61.9 61.9 0.0 0.1
Part-time rate 19.2 19.0 -0.2 -0.7  …
Youths, 15 to 24 years
Population 4,457.6 4,457.6 0.0 -3.6 0.0 -0.1
Labour force 2,890.6 2,882.3 -8.3 -6.5 -0.3 -0.2
Employment 2,481.7 2,478.8 -2.9 13.6 -0.1 0.6
Full-time 1,299.1 1,295.2 -3.9 30.3 -0.3 2.4
Part-time 1,182.7 1,183.5 0.8 -16.8 0.1 -1.4
Unemployment 408.9 403.6 -5.3 -20.0 -1.3 -4.7
Participation rate 64.8 64.7 -0.1 -0.1
Unemployment rate 14.1 14.0 -0.1 -0.7
Employment rate 55.7 55.6 -0.1 0.3
Part-time rate 47.7 47.7 0.0 -1.0  …
Men, 25 years and over
Population 11,519.5 11,534.7 15.2 162.5 0.1 1.4
Labour force 8,378.5 8,386.1 7.6 36.5 0.1 0.4
Employment 7,863.7 7,856.2 -7.5 120.4 -0.1 1.6
Full-time 7,254.2 7,253.6 -0.6 130.8 0.0 1.8
Part-time 609.5 602.6 -6.9 -10.5 -1.1 -1.7
Unemployment 514.8 529.9 15.1 -83.9 2.9 -13.7
Participation rate 72.7 72.7 0.0 -0.7
Unemployment rate 6.1 6.3 0.2 -1.1
Employment rate 68.3 68.1 -0.2 0.1
Part-time rate 7.8 7.7 -0.1 -0.2  …
Women, 25 years and over
Population 12,025.0 12,040.4 15.4 163.1 0.1 1.4
Labour force 7,427.1 7,438.1 11.0 54.5 0.1 0.7
Employment 6,998.8 7,003.7 4.9 88.9 0.1 1.3
Full-time 5,463.3 5,493.5 30.2 139.0 0.6 2.6
Part-time 1,535.5 1,510.2 -25.3 -50.1 -1.6 -3.2
Unemployment 428.3 434.3 6.0 -34.6 1.4 -7.4
Participation rate 61.8 61.8 0.0 -0.4
Unemployment rate 5.8 5.8 0.0 -0.6
Employment rate 58.2 58.2 0.0 0.0
Part-time rate 21.9 21.6 -0.3 -1.0  …

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Employment Stalls a little for July in Canada (2011)

So the Labour Survey for July 2011 was published by our friends at Stats Canada on Friday, and while the numbers show not too much growth in employment, it does show a drop in unemployment which is a very good thing (given how bad things look like they are going to go in the coming weeks).

Following three consecutive months of increases, employment was little changed in July. The unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points to 7.2%, as fewer people participated in the labour market.

So not as good news as you want to see (with less folks trying to get jobs), but maybe they were deciding to stay home with their families? Who knows?

Employment for Canada for the Past Little While

A flattening of the curve is OK, as long as the jobs stay around, given the fun and excitement down south.

In July, employment increased in construction, transportation and warehousing as well as retail and wholesale trade. At the same time, there were decreases in health care and social assistance; educational services; business, building and other support services; natural resources as well as agriculture.

An increase in the number of private sector employees was offset by a decline in the public sector.

As usual, I am glad to see more Private Sector jobs, because cost cutting at most level of governments is going to mean a tight squeeze in the Public Sector (certainly that is the word here in Ottawa).

Unemployment in Canada for Past Little While

The graphic seems to imply better unemployment, but if it is simply less folks looking, then the looks of the graph can be deceiving.

Big Table

As usual I include the Big Table to show where employment numbers changed in terms of age groups. More are available at the Stats Canada Web site too.

Labour force characteristics by age and sex – Seasonally adjusted

June 2011 July 2011 June toJuly 2011 July 2010 toJuly 2011 June to
July 2011
July 2010 to
July 2011
thousands (except rates) change in thousands (except rates) % change
Both sexes, 15 years and over
Population 27,975.7 28,002.1 26.4 324.4 0.1 1.2
Labour force 18,724.7 18,696.1 -28.6 122.4 -0.2 0.7
Employment 17,337.1 17,344.2 7.1 252.1 0.0 1.5
Full-time 13,991.1 14,016.6 25.5 350.9 0.2 2.6
Part-time 3,346.0 3,327.6 -18.4 -98.8 -0.5 -2.9
Unemployment 1,387.6 1,351.9 -35.7 -129.7 -2.6 -8.8
Participation rate 66.9 66.8 -0.1 -0.3
Unemployment rate 7.4 7.2 -0.2 -0.8
Employment rate 62.0 61.9 -0.1 0.1
Part-time rate 19.3 19.2 -0.1 -0.8  …
Youths, 15 to 24 years
Population 4,457.6 4,457.6 0.0 -3.8 0.0 -0.1
Labour force 2,892.2 2,890.6 -1.6 12.0 -0.1 0.4
Employment 2,479.4 2,481.7 2.3 12.6 0.1 0.5
Full-time 1,321.3 1,299.1 -22.2 35.4 -1.7 2.8
Part-time 1,158.1 1,182.7 24.6 -22.7 2.1 -1.9
Unemployment 412.8 408.9 -3.9 -0.6 -0.9 -0.1
Participation rate 64.9 64.8 -0.1 0.3
Unemployment rate 14.3 14.1 -0.2 -0.1
Employment rate 55.6 55.7 0.1 0.4
Part-time rate 46.7 47.7 1.0 -1.1  …
Men, 25 years and over
Population 11,506.4 11,519.5 13.1 163.7 0.1 1.4
Labour force 8,388.7 8,378.5 -10.2 56.0 -0.1 0.7
Employment 7,857.2 7,863.7 6.5 142.4 0.1 1.8
Full-time 7,220.1 7,254.2 34.1 179.7 0.5 2.5
Part-time 637.1 609.5 -27.6 -37.3 -4.3 -5.8
Unemployment 531.5 514.8 -16.7 -86.4 -3.1 -14.4
Participation rate 72.9 72.7 -0.2 -0.6
Unemployment rate 6.3 6.1 -0.2 -1.1
Employment rate 68.3 68.3 0.0 0.3
Part-time rate 8.1 7.8 -0.3 -0.6  …
Women, 25 years and over
Population 12,011.7 12,025.0 13.3 164.5 0.1 1.4
Labour force 7,443.8 7,427.1 -16.7 54.5 -0.2 0.7
Employment 7,000.5 6,998.8 -1.7 97.1 0.0 1.4
Full-time 5,449.7 5,463.3 13.6 135.8 0.2 2.5
Part-time 1,550.8 1,535.5 -15.3 -38.7 -1.0 -2.5
Unemployment 443.3 428.3 -15.0 -42.6 -3.4 -9.0
Participation rate 62.0 61.8 -0.2 -0.4
Unemployment rate 6.0 5.8 -0.2 -0.6
Employment rate 58.3 58.2 -0.1 0.0
Part-time rate 22.2 21.9 -0.3 -0.9  …

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