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More (Part-time) Jobs in Canada in May 2014

Friday our friends at Stats Canada published their monthly Labour Force Survey for the year ending in May 2014, and while there is more employment, it is due to more part-time jobs.

Whoever writes these reports must be under some tight editorial restrictions from the government, however, I do appreciate their skills at getting the point across with the following statement:

Employment edged up by 26,000 in May, driven by gains in part-time work. The unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 7.0% as there were more people in the labour market. Overall employment growth has been subdued since August 2013.

I do appreciate the word “subdued” being used in this report, it is telling us that we are not seeing the employment growth that we expected, and are not sure why growth is not move vigorous.

Employment for Past Little While
Employment for the Past Little While

The sad part of the data is that because more folks are looking for jobs, the unemployment rate has gone up, and that is the joy of numbers and statistics, isn’t it?

Unemployment in Canada for Past Little While
Unemployment in Canada For Past Little While

Not a very happy graph to look at. Youth employment (15 to 24 years old) is up a fair amount, which is good, but aging older men (like me) aged 25-54 are losing employment and the group above us has more jobs, but that is mostly because there are more of them! Sad but true.

A Big Table

So this month’s big table we will look at employment by Industry, which may help see where the jobs actually are in Canada.

Employment by class of worker and industry (based on NAICS1) Seasonally adjusted

 April 2014May 2014Std
April to
May 2014
May 2013
May 2014
May 2014
May 2013
May 2014
 thousandschange in thousands% change
Class of worker       
Public/private sector employees       
All industries17,804.317,830.128.925.885.50.10.5
Goods-producing sector3,864.83,855.326.3-9.5-33.6-0.2-0.9
Natural resources3380.4357.27.4-23.2-4.7-6.1-1.3
Services-producing sector13,939.613,974.734.435.1119.00.30.9
Transportation and warehousing900.5905.514.
Finance, insurance,
real estate and leasing
Professional, scientific
and technical services
Business, building and
other support services
Educational services1,274.11,295.616.221.5-5.91.7-0.5
Health care and social assistance2,234.02,239.919.55.963.80.32.9
Information, culture and recreation800.2793.214.8-7.010.6-0.91.4
Accommodation and food services1,115.11,134.617.
Other services775.6766.913.8-8.7-1.9-1.1-0.2
Public administration927.2935.513.08.3-23.40.9-2.4
1.North American Industry Classification System.
2.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.
3.Also referred to as forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas.
Related CANSIM tables 282-0088 and 282-0089. The sum of individual categories may not always add up to the total as a result of rounding.

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