Employment Trends

National Employment Trends

The unemployment rate in Canada was 5.7% at the end of January 2020, unchanged from the previous month.

The number of full-time jobs was up from the end of the previous month to a new monthly record.

There were 14,900 more full-time jobs in January 2020 compared to a month earlier. A loss of 12,400 part-time positions led to an increase of 2,500 total jobs in January.

Full-time job gains were based heavily in Ontario, making up for losses in Alberta and British Columbia.

Full-time job gains occurred mainly in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, the financial sector, prof., sci. & tech. services, healthcare, and information & culture services. 

These gains offset losses occurring mainly in natural resources, accommodation & food services, and public administration.

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