In October, jobs increased by 84,000 (+0.5 percent). The bulk of the rise in jobs in October was in full-time work (+69,000).
Self-employment rose by 33,000 or 1.2% for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The number of those working from home and who worked at least half their regular hours rose by 150,000
The rate of unemployment keeps steady
In October, the unemployment rate was 8.9 percent, little changed from September.
In September, long-term unemployment rose by 79,000 (+36.2 percent) and a further 151,000 (+50.7 percent) in October
Uneven growth in jobs across sectors and provinces
Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island provinces recorded employment growth.
In Newfoundland and Labrador (-0.5 percent), Manitoba (-2.1 percent) and New Brunswick (-2.3 percent), job levels were nearest to their pre-COVID February levels.
Transportation, Warehousing, and Manufacturing sectors saw slow job growth, while it resumed in retail trade.
Whereas, in Wholesale trade; Science, and Technological services; Professional, as well as Educational services, employment levels exceeded pre-COVID levels.
Employment development for women of core age continues
For the sixth consecutive month in October, jobs among core-aged women (25 to 54 years) increased by 40,000 (0.7%- full-time work). The unemployment rate for this group decreased by 0.4 percentage points to 6.6 percent, the lowest among the other demographic groups.
Jobs among core-age men increased by 25000(+0.4%). Their unemployment rate remained unaffected (7.6%).
Jobs growth in provinces of Canada
In Ontario Jobs grew by 31,000 in the month of October (+0.4 percent). Jobs increased in Ontario’s wholesale and retail trade industries. These two sectors were largely unaffected by the new restrictions on COVID-19.
Employment increased by 23,000 (+1.1 percent) in Alberta, the fifth rise in six months. Jobs rose in Newfoundland and Labrador by 5,900 in the month of October, while the unemployment rate dropped 2.0 percentage points to 12.8 percent. In Prince Edward Island, employment was also up by 900. The unemployment rate of 10% remains unchanged.
Accommodation and food services related jobs in Ontario was largely unchanged in the month after five months of gains totaling 154,000 and remained 15.7 percent below its pre-COVID February pace.
Employment in Quebec was little changed in the month of October, after five consecutive months of gains and the rate of unemployment rose 0.3 percentage points to 7.7 percent.
In October, jobs rose by 34,000 (+1.4 percent) in British Columbia, adding to gains over the previous five months (+302,000). For the fifth consecutive month, the unemployment rate dropped, down 0.4 percentage points to 8.0 percent in October.
Jobs increased by 23,000 (+1.1 percent) in Alberta, the fifth rise in six months. Jobs rose in Newfoundland and Labrador by 5,900 in the month of October, while the unemployment rate dropped 2.0 percentage points to 12.8 percent. In Prince Edward Island, employment was also up by 900. The unemployment rate remains unchanged at 10.0