Canada jobless rate falls to 5.2 per cent



Statistics Canada says the Canadian financial system posted a modest acquire of 21,000 jobs in September.

In the federal company’s newest labour power survey launched on Friday, the unemployment rate for September fell to 5.2 per cent as fewer individuals seemed for work, down from 5.4 per cent the earlier month.

The acquire in employment was anticipated as job losses within the training sector throughout the summer time had been reversed with the reopening of faculties.

The report says positive aspects in training, well being care and social help had been offset by losses in a number of different sectors, together with manufacturing and data, tradition and recreation.

Canada’s labour power participation rate — the proportion of people that need and are on the lookout for a job — edged down barely by 0.1 per cent in September.

The rise in employment comes after three consecutive months of job losses within the Canadian financial system.

As the Bank of Canada raises rates of interest aggressively to tame excessive inflation, the Canadian financial system is anticipated to really feel the consequences of upper rates of interest each in its financial progress and employment numbers.

The central financial institution has urged tight labour markets are partly to blame for top inflation.

Wages grew by 5.2 per cent in September in contrast with a yr in the past, with the common hourly wage at $31.67. It marked the fourth straight month of 5 per cent or larger wage progress.

The report additionally checked out retirement amongst Canadians below the age of 65, one key issue within the obvious scarcity of staff. Nearly a million Canadians between the ages of 55 and 64 mentioned they had been retired in September.

Over the final 20 years, the labour power participation rate has fallen steadily, largely due to an growing old inhabitants.

The federal company says since September 2019, the variety of Canadians aged 65 and older grew by 11.6 per cent, whereas the working-age inhabitants grew by 3.5 per cent.

As youngsters headed again to college in September, the report additionally examined the impact of childcare duties on profession selections. Despite a file excessive employment rate, girls between the ages of 25 and 54 with youngsters below the age of 16 had been twice as doubtless to resolve not to apply for a job or promotion over the past yr than their male counterparts.

Women had been additionally twice as doubtless as males to report serving to their youngsters with homework and home-schooling most or all the time.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Oct. 7, 2022.


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