With a loss of 52,000 jobs, unemployment in Canada edged up to 6% in August. Though full-time work rose, part-time employment declined significantly.
The Canadian job market was impacted mainly by a sharp decrease in employment in Ontario, without significant gains in other provinces to offset the loss.
Immigrants to Canada faced a very slight increase of 0.2 percentage points in their unemployment rate in August 2018, staying above the national average. Long-term settled permanent immigrants, at 5.5%, still enjoy a lower unemployment rate than the national rate though, emphasizing how well immigrant workers continue to integrate into the Canadian labour force.
Demographically, employment decreased for women and men aged 55 and older, while little changed for other demographic groups.
Year-on-year employment increased by 172,000, or 0.9%, compared to August 2017, with hours worked up by 1.6% overall.
Student summer employment
During summer, youth aged 15 to 24 who were attending school full time during term and who intend to return to school in the fall are joining the workforce. Their unemployment rate stood at 13.4% in August 2018, a year-on-year decrease of 0.9 percentage points.