Kamloops and District Real Estate Association

Ontario Employment Trends

The unemployment rate in Ontario was 8.6% as of April 2021, down 0.3% from the previous month. The unemployment rate stood 3.7% below the peak from July 2020 but remains above the long-run average.

There were 3,400 more full-time jobs in April 2021 compared to a month earlier. A gain of 40,000 part-time positions led to an increase of 43,400 total jobs in April.

Full-time employment was still down 93,400 jobs from the peak in February 2020 but stood 555,700 jobs above the recent trough in June 2020.

The number of full-time jobs in April was up from the previous month in agriculture, natural resources, construction, manufacturing, trade services, transportation & warehousing, professional & scientific services, healthcare, information & cultural services, accommodation & food services, and public administration.

Full-time job losses in April occurred in utilities, the financial sector, business & building services, and education.

* All figures are seasonally adjusted, 3-month moving averages. Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal fluctuations.