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Canada’s Job Market Sees Impressive Gains: Employment Rate Hits 62%

Austin Campbell



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In a remarkable turn of events, Canada’s employment rate has experienced a significant rebound, surging to an impressive 62%. With the addition of 64,000 jobs, the Canada’s job market is showing resilience and strength in the face of economic challenges. Within this blog, we will embark on an exploration of the reasons for this resurgence, its impact on various sectors, and the critical role it plays in shaping Canada’s economic prospects.

In stark contrast to the previous month’s data, the Canadian labor market has experienced a remarkable resurgence, witnessing a substantial surge of 64,000 new employment opportunities. The latest data from Statistics Canada’s Labor Force Survey for September 2023 highlights this notable increase. This blog will delve into the details, dissect the key takeaways, and explore the factors behind this positive change.

A Promising Uptick in Employment

Canada’s employment rate, which measures the proportion of the population aged 15 and older who are employed, surged by 0.1 percentage point to reach 62% in September. This revival carries significant significance as it compensates for the 0.1% decline observed in the preceding month.

Core-Aged Workers Take the Lead

Statistics Canada reports that the most significant shifts in employment occurred among core-aged individuals, typically those aged between 25 and 54.

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  • Core-aged women saw a 0.6% rise, adding 37,000 jobs.
  • Core-aged men experienced a 0.5% increase, with 32,000 more employed.
  • Youth aged 15-24 and individuals aged 55+ saw minimal employment changes.

Provincial Variations

Notably, only two provinces witnessed a decline in employment in September. New Brunswick recorded a drop of 2,700 employed workers, and Alberta saw a more significant decrease of 38,000 workers. In contrast, Six provinces experienced employment growth, led by Quebec (+39,000) and British Columbia (+26,000). Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island also saw a rise in their workforce.

Education and Transportation on the Rise

As students across the country returned to school, the educational services sector experienced a remarkable upswing with an increase of 66,000 jobs or 4.5% in September. This surge effectively offset the decrease of 44,000 jobs or 2.9% observed in August, continuing an upward trend that began in September 2022. Transportation and warehousing continued its growth with an additional 19,000 jobs added, marking an increase of 82,000 jobs since January.


Contrasting Sectors in September

On the flip side, some sectors experienced a decrease in employment in September. Finance, insurance, real estate, rental, and leasing saw a decline of 20,000 jobs, amounting to a 1.4% decrease. The construction industry also suffered a loss of 18,000 jobs, reflecting a 1.1% decrease following a 2.2% rise in August. Furthermore, the information, culture, and recreation sector shed 12,000 jobs as the summer tourism season drew to a close.

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Part-Time and Self-Employment Trends

Part-time employment saw a surge with 48,000 more people taking on part-time jobs in September. Since the beginning of the year, part-time work has outpaced full-time work, with a growth rate of 1.9% compared to 1% for full-time employment. Additionally, self-employment saw an increase of 26,000 workers, or 1%, in September, following a 1.9% increase of 50,000 workers in August. Notably, 72.6% of this increase was accounted for by self-employed men. Despite these positive trends, self-employment figures have not yet reached pre-pandemic levels recorded in February 2020.

The Future Outlook

With Canada’s employment rate reaching 62% and the addition of 64,000 jobs, the nation’s economic future looks promising. Diverse sector and provincial performances highlight the dynamic job market, instilling hope for job seekers and employers. As long as Canada continues to focus on vaccination efforts, support its key industries, and adapt to the changing dynamics of the job market, the country is well-positioned for sustainable economic growth.

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