Last week Statistics Canada announced that Canada had added more jobs than expected in June. While economists predicted a gain of 10,000 jobs, the economy added 45,300 jobs in June. A large number of these new jobs were in the following sectors:
• Professional services
• Scientific and agricultural sectors
• Technical services
Employers in the technical sector hired more computer system designers as there was an increase of 27,000 jobs in the professional, scientific and technical areas. Of course many jobs in the professional services area were of the part-time variety. In fact, Stats Can reported that of the 45,300 new jobs created, approximately 37,000 were part-time jobs. Employers in the technical sector hired more computer system designers as there was an increase of 27,000 jobs in the professional, scientific and technical areas. Of course many jobs in the professional services area were of the part-time variety. In fact, Stats Can reported that of the 45,300 new jobs created, approximately 37,000 were part-time jobs.
Here are some other job trends and statistics as we head into the summer of 2017:
• In the past year (since June of 2016), employers have added 350,800 jobs. Of those, 248,200 were full-time positions
• The goods-producing sector added 16,000 jobs in June with the most gains being found in the agricultural and manufacturing industries
• The unemployment rate in Canada dipped to 6.5%
• In June, employment rose among women aged 55 and older and also increased among core-aged women
In fact, employment gains were led by people aged 55 and older, with an increase of 31,000 jobs
• The unemployment rate for the youth demographic stayed at 12% and was down from 13% last June. In addition, employment among students aged 20 to 24 was virtually unchanged, while the employment rate rose 2.6 percentage points to 66.6%
• Employment for women aged 25 to 54 jumped up by 17,000 in June. The unemployment rate for women remained the lowest among the major demographic groups at 5.2%
• Among men aged 25 to 54, employment was relatively status quo in June, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.7%
BC Job Trends and Stats – June 2017
• In British Columbia, employment rose by 20,000
• From a year-over-year perspective, employment in British Columbia grew by 104,000 representing an increase of +4.4%
• Also in June, the unemployment rate in BC declined 0.5 percentage points to 5.1%. Compared to Alberta where the unemployment rate fell 0.4% to 7.4%
• Employment in British Columbia has been on a strong upwards trend since early 2015
In the Okanagan a number of the employment opportunities were of the part-time variety in the services sector.
For additional details, see the Labour Force Survey for June 2017 as provided by Statistics Canada.
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