OTTAWA—Canadas labour market gained 419,000 jobs last month as more parts of the economy were allowed to reopen, Statistics Canada reported Friday.
The national unemployment rate was 10.9 percent in July, down from the 12.3 percent recorded in June.
The figures were slightly better than expected, with the average economist estimate for a gain of 400,000 jobs in July and an unemployment rate of 11 percent, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.
Combined with the 953,000 jobs gained in June and the 290,000 in May, the country was within 1.3 million jobs of the pre-pandemic level.
“The pace of increase in employment slowed in July relative to the prior month, and thats likely to become a trend as the pace of easing in restrictions also slows down and the number of Canadians on temporary layoff falls,” CIBC senior economist Royce Mendes wrote in a note.
“The good news is that with virus cases low in Canada at moment, the country isnt facing an immediate risk of having to tamp down activity again.”
Most employment gains in July were in part-time work, which increased to the tune of 345,000 positions, while full-time positions increased by 73,000.
Part-time gains have outpaced full-time work in each of the past three months, Statistics Canada noted, with part-time work within five percent of its pre-COVID-19 levels compared with full-time work, which is still down 7.5 percent from February before the pandemic struck.
The agency says nearly 30 percent of people working less than 30 hours a week in July would have preferred full-time work, an increase from the 22.2 percent rRead More – Source