There was more good news for workers and businesses in Canada this month as the labour market saw its biggest month-on-month increase since 1976. This is also good news for people who want to move to Canada, as a roaring economy means greater opportunity.
The report released from Statistics Canada indicates that Canada added 106,500 net jobs in April, the bulk of which were full-time positions. This significant increase in the number of jobs in Canada saw the unemployment rate fall to 5.7 percent in April, down 0.1 percentage points from March.
Canada job market: latest unemployment figures
One of the biggest takeaways from the Moving2Canada Jobs Report for May is the growth in construction jobs.
Following four months of little change, employment in construction increased by 29,000 in April. Gains were concentrated in Ontario and British Columbia. On a year-over-year basis, employment in Canada’s construction industry was up by 32,000 (+2.2 percent, and experienced international construction professionals are invited to visit our Outpost recruitment agency website).
Similarly, employment was up by 32,000 in wholesale and retail trade in April, driven by increases in Quebec and Alberta. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment in this industry grew by 75,000 (+2.7 percent), entirely due to gains since the beginning of 2019.
Finally, employment increased by 24,000 in April for women in the core working ages of 25 to 54. The unemployment rate for this age group was 4.8 percent for women. On a year-over-year basis, employment increased by 103,000 (+1.8 percent) among core-aged women.
Finally, a closer look at immigrant unemployment trends in Canada for April shows that immigrants from Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa saw their month-on-month unemployment rate either fall or remain the same in April, with only the North American cohort experiencing an increase in the number of people unemployed.
Canada Job Market May 2019 update
New Canadian employment figures are released each month, and you’ll always find the latest data here on our Moving2Canada Jobs Report.
The data below comes from the Labour Force Survey, produced by Statistics Canada.
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Recent report shows that immigrant businesses created a ‘disproportionate’ number of Canadian jobs
A recent study from Statistics Canada has found that between 2003 and 2013, immigrant-owned businesses had a “disproportionate share of net job creation” compared with their Canadian-born counterparts.
The study also indicated that private businesses owned and operated by immigrants accounted for 25 per cent of net jobs created by private incorporated firms during the 11-year period. This amounted to roughly 400,000 net new jobs created between 2003 and 2013 and translated to a higher per-firm net job creation average than Canadian-owned businesses.
There is little doubt that immigration looks set to be one of the most pivotal political issues in this year’s federal election. Given this backdrop, it was refreshing to see the results of a recently published poll by the Environics Institute for Survey Research which indicates that Canadians’ views on immigrants have remained constant in recent months, despite disparaging rhetoric from some corners of the political establishment.
When polled alongside party preference, the results were illuminating and may act as a barometer for debates on the issue later in the year. The findings indicated that 75 percent of Liberal supporters and 70 percent of NDP respondents said they disagree with the notion that immigration levels are too high, compared with 44 percent of Conservatives.
Notice: Immigrant unemployment rates are not available in seasonally adjusted statistics.
Click to view table: Unemployment among immigrants
|Landed Immigrant Population (Permanent Status) unemployment rate (percentage)||Apr 2018||Mar 2019||Apr 2019||Change M-O-M||Change Y-O-Y|
|Immigrants, landed 5 or less years earlier||8.6||8.9||9.1||0.2||0.5|
|Immigrants, landed more than 5 to 10 years earlier||6||6.6||6.3||-0.3||0.3|
|Immigrants, landed more than 10 years earlier||5.5||5.5||5.6||0.1||0.1|
Year-on year unemployment reductions
In last month’s Jobs Report we informed you that there was an increase in the annual unemployment figures, with a net decline of 7,200 jobs nationwide. Well, we’re now pleased to report that this annual trend was reversed in April as employment grew by 426,000 (+2.3 percent). Gains were made in both full-time (+248,000) and part-time (+179,000) work compared with April 2018. In addition, total hours worked were up 1.3 percent in the same period.