Canadian Unemployment Increased Slightly to 7.5% in December 2011

Newly released data from Statistics Canada shows that the Canadian unemployment rate increased slightly to 7.5% in December as more individuals joined the labour market. There was an increase of 43,000 part-time jobs and 26,000 fewer full-time jobs.

The growth was seen primarily in the province of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island while Quebec showed losses. The seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 12.8% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 4.9% (Alberta).

Unemployment rates for all the provinces were (prior months are in parenthesis):

 

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 12.8% (13.2%)
  • Prince Edward Island 11.4% (11.1%)
  • Nova Scotia 7.8% (8.6%)
  • New Brunswick 9.4% (9.8%)
  • Quebec 8.7% (8.0%)
  • Ontario 7.7% (7.9%)
  • Manitoba 5.4% (5.5%)
  • Saskatchewan 5.2% (5.1%)
  • Alberta 4.9% (5.0%)
  • British Columbia 7.0% (7.0%)
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