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Unemployment Up a Bit for April 2009

in Employment Insurance, Stats Canada, Unemployment

From April 2009 things were slowly starting to recover.

Employment Up

Marginally good news in that the Unemployment rate didn’t increase by much in April 2009 and in fact the number of employed folk increased by 36,000 according to Stats Canada

This increase is mostly due to a lot more folks being self-employed, but still a positive thing to see unemployment stop it’s sharp increases of the past few months, and to hear there are more employed folk is a positive note. Are we seeing a light at the end of the tunnel? Maybe not just yet, but a glimmer of hope maybe, is a good thing.

Employment grew by 36,000 in April, the result of an increase in self-employment. Despite this increase, overall employment has fallen by 321,000 since the peak in October 2008. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.0% in April, remaining at its highest level in seven years, with the growth in employment coinciding with an increase in the labour force.

The huge drop of 321,000 I see, when I go to job interviews and see many of the folks I used to work with, at the same interviews, it’s actually quite scary.

Unemployment Steady

April Unemployment Graph
April Unemployment Graph

Always nice to see a flattened graph in this situation. There is a rate increase from 8.3% to 8.4% but much better than the huge jumps of the past few months too.

By Province Numbers

Labour force characteristics by province

  March 2009 April 2009 March to April 2009 April 2008 to April 2009 March to April 2009 April 2008 to April 2009
  Seasonally adjusted
  thousands change in thousands % change
Newfoundland and Labrador            
Population 428.0 428.1 0.1 2.5 0.0 0.6
Labour force 254.3 251.0 -3.3 -5.9 -1.3 -2.3
Employment 217.0 214.2 -2.8 -8.8 -1.3 -3.9
Full-time 185.2 184.2 -1.0 -4.5 -0.5 -2.4
Part-time 31.8 30.0 -1.8 -4.3 -5.7 -12.5
Unemployment 37.3 36.8 -0.5 3.0 -1.3 8.9
Participation rate 59.4 58.6 -0.8 -1.8
Unemployment rate 14.7 14.7 0.0 1.5
Employment rate 50.7 50.0 -0.7 -2.4
Prince Edward Island            
Population 115.4 115.5 0.1 1.5 0.1 1.3
Labour force 77.6 78.2 0.6 -1.1 0.8 -1.4
Employment 68.7 68.6 -0.1 -1.9 -0.1 -2.7
Full-time 58.4 57.7 -0.7 -1.9 -1.2 -3.2
Part-time 10.3 10.8 0.5 -0.1 4.9 -0.9
Unemployment 8.9 9.7 0.8 0.8 9.0 9.0
Participation rate 67.2 67.7 0.5 -1.9
Unemployment rate 11.5 12.4 0.9 1.2
Employment rate 59.5 59.4 -0.1 -2.4
Nova Scotia            
Population 771.6 771.9 0.3 4.2 0.0 0.5
Labour force 497.7 495.0 -2.7 5.1 -0.5 1.0
Employment 453.4 449.3 -4.1 -3.0 -0.9 -0.7
Full-time 370.4 367.5 -2.9 -2.3 -0.8 -0.6
Part-time 82.9 81.8 -1.1 -0.6 -1.3 -0.7
Unemployment 44.3 45.7 1.4 8.0 3.2 21.2
Participation rate 64.5 64.1 -0.4 0.3
Unemployment rate 8.9 9.2 0.3 1.5
Employment rate 58.8 58.2 -0.6 -0.7
New Brunswick            
Population 620.5 620.9 0.4 3.9 0.1 0.6
Labour force 403.1 399.9 -3.2 0.0 -0.8 0.0
Employment 364.7 364.3 -0.4 -1.9 -0.1 -0.5
Full-time 306.0 306.5 0.5 -1.7 0.2 -0.6
Part-time 58.7 57.8 -0.9 -0.2 -1.5 -0.3
Unemployment 38.4 35.6 -2.8 1.9 -7.3 5.6
Participation rate 65.0 64.4 -0.6 -0.4
Unemployment rate 9.5 8.9 -0.6 0.5
Employment rate 58.8 58.7 -0.1 -0.7
Quebec            
Population 6,416.1 6,421.1 5.0 62.2 0.1 1.0
Labour force 4,181.7 4,210.8 29.1 29.4 0.7 0.7
Employment 3,835.5 3,857.9 22.4 -9.8 0.6 -0.3
Full-time 3,110.2 3,131.1 20.9 -22.4 0.7 -0.7
Part-time 725.2 726.8 1.6 12.5 0.2 1.7
Unemployment 346.3 352.9 6.6 39.3 1.9 12.5
Participation rate 65.2 65.6 0.4 -0.2
Unemployment rate 8.3 8.4 0.1 0.9
Employment rate 59.8 60.1 0.3 -0.7

Previous Months Unemployment for 2009

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