Until March, Statistics Canada’s reports were painting a pretty rosy picture of Canada’s job market. In my blog posts from the past few months, I wondered where the employment growth was coming from. Last month, I suggested that Canada’s employers may be simply delaying layoffs to see where the economy is going. We (Vicinity Jobs) recorded a weak hiring demand levels since last October, and I predicted that unemployment will start creeping up again in the very near future unless the economy turns around. In March, Canada’s economy lost 55,000 jobs, and unemployment increased 0.2 percentage points to 7.2%.
On Friday, March 8th, Statistics Canada reported that Canada’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in February at 7%. The economy created 51,000 jobs, but the increase was offset by a corresponding increase in the number of people looking for work. February was supposedly a good month for those looking for work in the hospitality industry and in the professional services industry, but a bad one for manufacturing industry workers.
Statistics Canada released its latest Job Market on November 2nd, and it shows that Canada’s economy only created less than 18,000 jobs in October. Virtually all were government-funded jobs, while private sector employers actually let more people go than they hired. The 18,000 new jobs were not enough to move the unemployment rate, which remained unchanged at 7.4% . While this performance came after two months of more convincing employment growth, it makes it hard to predict where the job market will go from here. Vicinity Jobs recorded a strong hiring demand in October and this may lead to a better job market performance in November. But the uncertainties persist.
Written by Strac Ivanov
June 11, 2012: According to Statistics Canada’s labour market survey, released on Friday, June 8th, Canada’s job market seems to be weathering the global economic uncertainties quite well – at least for the time being. A separate report tracking hiring demand that we (VicinityJobs.com) release each month also points to signs of strength in the job market.
On November 5th, 2010, Statistics Canada published the October result of its monthly labour market survey. It seems to indicate that the job market recovery has almost stalled, at a time of the year that is normally be characterized by steady job creation. The Vicinity Jobs hiring demand numbers from October also show that hiring pulled down sharply from its peak a month ago. What is unusual this time around is that other economic indicators – such as stock price indices – point to an overall economic recovery.
Statistics Canada has just released the results of its labour market survey for the month of August. The report did not contain any surprises and in line with expectations of various job market players and with hiring demand reports provided by Vicinity Jobs (including our forecasts discussed in our blog in recent months). Continue reading August Employment Figures in Line with Expectations