Employment was essentially unchanged in April and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8%.
On a year-over-year basis, employment grew by 278,000 (+1.5%). The increase was due to gains in full-time employment (+378,000 or +2.6%), while part-time work declined (-100,000 or -2.8%). In the 12 months to April, total hours worked were up 1.9%.
The number of employed core-aged women (25 to 54) increased from March to April. At the same time, employment decreased among youth aged 15 to 24.
Among the provinces, employment rose in Manitoba and Nova Scotia, while it declined in Saskatchewan.
More people worked in professional, scientific and technical services, as well as in accommodation and food services. In contrast, employment declined in wholesale and retail trade and in construction.
The number of public and private sector employees and the number of self-employed workers were little changed in April.