January 2021: A Quick Glance at Unemployment Rates Across Canada

National employment numbers for January from Statistics Canada, at a glance

Statistics Canada says the economy lost almost 213,000 jobs in January as employment fell to the lowest level since August last year, wiping out the gains made in the fall.

A quick look at Canada’s January employment (numbers from the previous month in brackets):

Unemployment rate: 9.4 per cent (8.8)

Employment rate: 58.6 per cent (59.3)

Participation rate: 64.7 per cent (65.0)

Number unemployed: 1,899,000 (1,773,900)

Number working: 18,272,000 (18,484,800)

Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 19.7 per cent (17.8)

Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 7.6 per cent (7.5)

Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 8.0 per cent (7.0)

Here’s a quick glance at unemployment rates for January, by province

Canada’s national unemployment rate was 9.4 per cent in January. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):

_ Newfoundland and Labrador 12.8 per cent (12.6)

_ Prince Edward Island 7.9 per cent (9.9)

_ Nova Scotia 8.3 per cent (8.8)

_ New Brunswick 8.8 per cent (9.6)

_ Quebec 8.8 per cent (6.8)

_ Ontario 10.2 per cent (9.6)

_ Manitoba 8.0 per cent (8.3)

_ Saskatchewan 7.2 per cent (8.0)

_ Alberta 10.7 per cent (11.1)

_ British Columbia 8.0 per cent (7.2)

Here’s a quick glance at unemployment rates for January, by Canadian city

Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):

_ St. John’s, N.L. 8.8 per cent (8.3)

_ Halifax 7.5 per cent (7.4)

_ Moncton, N.B. 9.2 per cent (9.1)

_ Saint John, N.B. 12.1 per cent (11.4)

_ Saguenay, Que. 6.3 per cent (5.7)

_ Quebec City 4.7 per cent (4.3)

_ Sherbrooke, Que. 6.2 per cent (5.8)

_ Trois-Rivieres, Que. 6.8 per cent (5.9)

_ Montreal 8.5 per cent (8.1)

_ Gatineau, Que. 7.3 per cent (7.0)

_ Ottawa 6.5 per cent (6.8)

_ Kingston, Ont. 6.5 per cent (5.9)

_ Peterborough, Ont. 12.8 per cent (13.0)

_ Oshawa, Ont. 8.4 per cent (7.8)

_ Toronto 11.1 per cent (10.7)

_ Hamilton, Ont. 6.8 per cent (8.0)

_ St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 11.5 per cent (9.1)

_ Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 8.3 per cent (8.4)

_ Brantford, Ont. 6.9 per cent (6.7)

_ Guelph, Ont. 6.3 per cent (5.6)

_ London, Ont. 7.7 per cent (7.7)

_ Windsor, Ont. 10.3 per cent (11.2)

_ Barrie, Ont. 14.2 per cent (12.0)

_ Greater Sudbury, Ont. 7.9 per cent (7.6)

_ Thunder Bay, Ont. 8.4 per cent (7.6)

_ Winnipeg 8.8 per cent (8.6)

_ Regina 7.6 per cent (6.3)

_ Saskatoon 8.6 per cent (8.2)

_ Calgary 10.6 per cent (10.5)

_ Edmonton 11.9 per cent (11.4)

_ Kelowna, B.C. 4.6 per cent (4.6)

_ Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 7.8 per cent (8.3)

_ Vancouver 7.8 per cent (7.3)

_ Victoria 5.0 per cent (5.8)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 5, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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