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Job Report, Canada, April 2017 – The lowest unemployment rate since October 2008

Employment was little changed in April, while the unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points to 6.5%, the lowest rate since October 2008. The decrease was mostly the result of fewer youth searching for work.

Compared with 12 months earlier, there were 276,000 (+1.5%) more people employed and the unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked rose 1.1%.

In April, employment increased among people 55 and older, while it declined among men aged 25 to 54. Employment was little changed among women aged 25 to 54 and youths aged 15 to 24.

Employment rose in British Columbia and Prince Edward Island, while it was virtually unchanged in the other provinces.

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Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at The Daily — Labour Force Survey, April 2017

Au Québec, tant l’emploi que le taux de chômage ont peu varié au cours du mois. Au cours des 12 mois ayant pris fin en avril, l’emploi dans la province a progressé de 88 000 ou de 2,1 %, et l’essentiel de la croissance a eu lieu au cours de la deuxième moitié de 2016. Comparativement à 12 mois plus tôt, le taux de chômage au Québec a diminué de 0,8 point de pourcentage, passant à 6,6 %.

Extraits choisis par le Moniteur de l’emploi  de Le chômage à son plus bas depuis presque 10 ans | Le Devoir

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