June was a good month for permanent immigrants to Canada. Immigrant unemployment stood at 5.9%, leaving it below the national average for the first time this year and at the lowest point over the past 12 months. The unemployment rate fluctuated little across all immigrant groups, regardless of nationality.
The Canadian workforce expanded in June with the addition of 32,000 jobs across the country. Employment increased in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. There was little change in the other provinces.
After minor changes over four consecutive months, the unemployment rate in Canada has gone up by 0.2 points to 6% total in June. The unemployment rate rose with a surge of Canadians entering the workforce and engaging with the job market.
Year-on-year employment increased by 215,000, or 1.2%, compared to June 2017, with worked hours up by 1.4% overall.
Positive development for students
During summer, youth aged 15 to 24 who were attending school full time during term and who intend to return to school full time in the fall are joining the workforce, accounting for a chunk of the increase in people looking for work. Nearly two-thirds of students aged 20 to 24 were employed in June.