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Canada Unemployment Rate

Last Release
Dec 2019
Actual
5.6 %
Forecast
5.9 %
Previous
5.9 %
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
%
Next Release
Feb 7, 2020
Time to Release
20 Days 0 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
13.1 %
Dec 1982
2.9 %
Jun 1966
7.61 %1966 - 2019Statistics Canada
In Canada, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.

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The unemployment rate in Canada rose to 5.9 percent in November 2019 from 5.5 percent in the previous month and compared with market expectations of 5.5 percent. It was the highest jobless rate since September last year, as the economy shed 71.2 thousand jobs, due to a fall in both full time employment (-38.4 thousand) and part-time (-32.8 thousand).

Canada Unemployment Rate History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
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
Jul 5, 201912:48Canada Jobless Rate Rises to 5.5% in June
Jun 7, 201912:58Canada Jobless Rate Falls to Lowest Since 1976

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Canada labour Indicators

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Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Adp Employment Change
46.2
Dec 2019
30.9
Nov 2019
-37
May 2019
110
Aug 2019
ThousandMonthly2017 - 2019
Average Hourly Earnings
28.91
Dec 2019
28.95
Nov 2019
15.88
Jan 1997
28.99
Jul 2019
CADMonthly1997 - 2019
Employment Change
35.2
Dec 2019
-71.2
Nov 2019
-124.8
Jan 2009
106.5
Apr 2019
ThousandMonthly1976 - 2019
Employment Rate
61.8
Dec 2019
61.7
Nov 2019
56
Dec 1982
63.7
Feb 2008
%Monthly1976 - 2019
Full Time Employment
38.4
Dec 2019
-38.4
Nov 2019
-145.1
Jul 2010
148.4
May 2006
ThousandMonthly1976 - 2019
Minimum Wages
14
Dec 2019
14
Dec 2018
1
Dec 1968
14
Dec 2018
CAD/HourYearly1965 - 2019

Unemployment Rate across North America

Unemployment Rate global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Canada
5.6
Dec 2019
5.9
Nov 2019
2.9
Jun 1966
13.1
Dec 1982
%Monthly1966 - 2019
Mexico
3.5
Nov 2019
3.6
Oct 2019
2.22
Jan 2001
6.42
Sep 2009
%Monthly1994 - 2019
Puerto Rico
8.5
Nov 2019
9
Oct 2019
7
Aug 2019
25.3
Jan 1983
%Monthly1976 - 2019
United States
3.5
Dec 2019
3.5
Nov 2019
2.5
Jun 1953
10.8
Dec 1982
%Monthly1948 - 2019
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