In June, employment held steady for the second consecutive month. The unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 5.5% as the number of people looking for work increased.
In the second quarter, employment rose by 132,000 (+0.7%), virtually all in full-time work.
On a year-over-year basis, employment was up by 421,000 or 2.3%. Over the same period, total hours worked increased by 1.8%.
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Employment in June increased in Alberta and Saskatchewan, while it decreased in Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador. Employment was little changed in the remaining provinces.
There were more people employed in health care and social assistance; educational services; transportation and warehousing; and information, culture and recreation. In contrast, there were fewer people working in wholesale and retail trade; “other services”; manufacturing; and natural resources.
The number of employees increased in June, while the number of self-employed declined.
More people aged 55 and over were working in June, driven by increases among men. At the same time, fewer men in the core-working age of 25 to 54 were employed. There was little change among both core-aged women and youth aged 15 to 24.