Following increases in January and February, employment held steady in March. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8%.
In the first quarter of 2019, employment rose by 116,000 (+0.6%).
On a year-over-year basis, employment grew by 332,000 (+1.8%), with gains in both full- (+204,000) and part-time (+128,000) work. Over the same period, total hours worked rose by 0.9%.
Employment increased in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, while it was little changed in the remaining provinces.
More people were working in the finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing industry, and in public administration. At the same time, employment declined in health care and social assistance; in business, building and other support services; and in accommodation and food services.
The number of employees held steady in March in both the public and private sectors. Self-employment was also virtually unchanged.
Both men and women aged 55 and older posted employment gains in March, while core-aged women experienced declines. At the same time, employment held steady for core-aged men and for youth.