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Employment held steady in February, according to Statistics Canada's latest Labour Force Survey. Canada added 22,000 jobs in February, more than experts were expecting, but not enough to change the unemployment rate which stands at 5.0 percent.

Canada’s labour market continues to outperform expectations. After a blowout start to the new year, economists generally predicted that employment would raise slightly and unemployment would edge up.

Although 22,000 jobs is not a significant gain, it’s more than experts were predicting for February. Unemployment has remain unchanged, despite projections that it would rise by about 0.1 percentage points.

That being said, unemployment could still rise in the coming months as the Bank of Canada’s high interest rates work their way through the economy—discouraging spending.

Nevertheless, the latest jobs report shows that wages are catching up to inflation. The average hourly wages were up 5.4 percent compared to a year ago, while the annual inflation rate was 5.9 percent in January.

Source: Statistics Canada

Employment by industry

The number of people employed in healthcare and social assistance grew by 15,000 in February, building on a gain of 40,000 in January. The number of job vacancies in the healthcare industry has remained high, even though other industries are starting to meet their labour demands. Compared to February 2022, employment in healthcare and social assistance was up by 44,000.

There were also 10,000 more people employed in public administration, which includes those working for federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, and Indigenous governments. It was the third gain for the industry in five months, mostly concentrated in Ontario and New Brunswick. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment in public administration was up by 85,000 in February.

Employment fell by -11,000 in business, building and other support services in February, marking the industry’s first notable decline since October 2021. The decline was concentrated in Ontario. However, the number of people employed in the industry—which includes jobs that support the day-to-day operations of organizations, ranging from waste management to administrative services—remained on par with the level seen at the same time last year.

Employment was little changed in wholesale and retail trade in February, following a notable increase in January.

The number of people working in construction was also little changed, following two consecutive monthly gains in December and January.

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The outlook on Canadian construction and infrastructure

This past February, employment in construction was up 4.6 percent on a year-over-year basis, making it one of the fastest-growing industries over the previous 12 months.

“Canada’s construction sector continues to perform well. Across real estate there has been a noticeable pullback in high-rise residential activity but strong growth in long term care homes and social housing project. Infrastructure continues to boom with huge Federal spending across healthcare, water and transportation infrastructure expected to drive the construction sector forward for the coming years.

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