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Canada Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Aug 2021
Actual
7.1 %
Forecast
N/A
Previous
7.5 %
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
%
Next Release
Oct 8, 2021
Time to Release
10 Days 13 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
13.7 %
May 2020
2.9 %
Jun 1966
7.65 %1966 - 2021Statistics Canada
In Canada, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.

Latest Updates

The unemployment rate in Canada fell for the third straight month to 7.1% in August of 2021 from 7.5% in July, slightly below market forecasts of 7.3%. That was the lowest jobless rate since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in February of 2020, as most jurisdictions in Canada had implemented the final or near-final stages of their public health reopening plans. The total number of unemployed fell by 81,400, the number of people in the labour force increased by 9,000 and the labour force participation rate dropped by 0.1 percentage points to 65.1%. Employment rose by 90,200, the third consecutive monthly increase, but missing market estimates of 100,000. Job gains were concentrated in full-time work (+69,000; +0.4%). Unemployment for youth aged 15 to 24 was little changed in August.

Canada Unemployment Rate History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
Sep 10, 202112:31Canada Jobless Rate Falls to 1-1/2-Year Low
Aug 6, 202112:34Canada Jobless Rate Falls Less than Expected
Dec 6, 201914:07Canada Jobless Rate Rises to Over 1-Year High of 5.9%
Nov 8, 201913:59Canada Jobless Rate Steady at 5.5%
Oct 11, 201912:46Canada Jobless Rate Falls to 3-Month Low of 5.5%
Sep 6, 201912:46Canada Jobless Rate Remains at 4-Month High of 5.7%
Aug 9, 201912:45Canada Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Rises to 5.7% in July

Canada labour Indicators

All Canada indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Adp Employment Change
39.4
Aug 2021
221.3
Jul 2021
-2,059.4
May 2020
351.3
Apr 2021
ThousandMonthly2017 - 2021
Average Hourly Earnings
30.8
Aug 2021
30.7
Jul 2021
15.88
Jan 1997
31.35
Apr 2020
CADMonthly1997 - 2021
Employment Change
90.2
Aug 2021
94
Jul 2021
-1,993.8
Apr 2020
952.9
Jun 2020
ThousandMonthly1976 - 2021
Employment Rate
60.5
Aug 2021
60.3
Jul 2021
52.1
Apr 2020
63.7
Feb 2008
%Monthly1976 - 2021
Full Time Employment
68.5
Aug 2021
83
Jul 2021
-1,472
Apr 2020
488.1
Jun 2020
ThousandMonthly1976 - 2021
Minimum Wages
14.35
Oct 2021
14.25
Oct 2020
1
Dec 1968
14.35
Oct 2021
CAD/HourYearly1965 - 2021

Unemployment Rate across North America

Unemployment Rate global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Canada
7.1
Aug 2021
7.5
Jul 2021
2.9
Jun 1966
13.7
May 2020
%Monthly1966 - 2021
Mexico
4.4
Jul 2021
4
Jun 2021
2.22
Jan 2001
6.42
Sep 2009
%Monthly1994 - 2021
Puerto Rico
9.1
Aug 2021
9.2
Jul 2021
7
Aug 2019
25.3
Jan 1983
%Monthly1976 - 2021
United States
5.2
Aug 2021
5.4
Jul 2021
2.5
Jun 1953
14.7
Apr 2020
%Monthly1948 - 2021

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