The positive integration trends of immigrants in Canada was in further evidence in October as unemployment levels fell across almost all immigrant categories. Immigrants who have been based in Canada for more than 10 years saw a further reduction in unemployment levels in October to 5.4%, which remains below the national average, and emphasizes how well immigrant workers continue to integrate into the Canadian labour force.
More broadly, unemployment in Canada changed little in October 2018 with the unemployment rate decreasing by 0.1 percentage point to 5.8% as fewer people searched for work. From a provincial perspective, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and British Columbia have seen the biggest drops from this time last year.
In terms of industry specific metrics, gains in the business and retail sectors was offset to a large degree by decreases in the finance and real estate industries.
Canada Job Market September 2018 update
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The data below comes from the Labour Force Survey, produced by Statistics Canada.
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Immigrants prospering in global Canada
Unemployment among immigrants resident in Canada for more than five but less than ten years fell by 2.3 percentage points to 6%, while those in the country five years or less have returned to an unemployment rate of less than 10% for the first time since June.
In addition, unemployment decreased among the African, Asian, European and North American immigrant groups in October. In fact, only the Latin American grouping, which saw a minor unemployment increase of 0.2 percentage points, didn’t record a month-on-month reduction from September.
In terms of annual unemployment levels among immigrant groups in Canada, African immigrants continued their strong showing of late, shaving 3.8 percentage points off the October 2017 figure for a new total of 8.5%. While Europeans and North Americans continue to be the top performers in terms of immigrant unemployment with current levels of 5.1% and 5.3% respectively.
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)||Oct 2017||Sep 2018||Oct 2018||Change M-O-M||Change Y-O-Y|
|Immigrants, landed 5 or less years earlier||10.3||10.3||9.9||-0.4||-0.4|
|Immigrants, landed more than 5 to 10 years earlier||8.3||6.2||6||-0.2||-2.3|
|Immigrants, landed more than 10 years earlier||5.7||5.5||5.4||-0.1||-0.3|
Steady as she goes for Canadian jobs market in October
In the 12 months to October 2018, the number of people employed in Canada grew by 206,000 or 1.1%, illustrating the health of the Canadian jobs market at present.
Despite a month-on-month reduction in the size of the Canadian Labour Force of approximately 18,000, the year-on-year figure since October 2017 is up over 126,000 to 19,846,700.
Finally, part-time employment in Canada has reduced by 22,000 since September but this figure is more than offset by a 33,900 increase in the numbers in full-time work.