Statistics Canada to launch June jobs report as catalyst limitations ease

Employment rebounds by 30K in Saskatchewan

Windsor's unemployment rate improves, but remains in double digits

The agency says 953,000 jobs were added last month, including 488,000 full-time and 465,000 part-time positions, and the the unemployment rate fell to 12.3 per cent in June after hitting a record-high of 13.7 per cent in May. It's down 42,900 from February, the last month before restrictions to contain the virus began choking the economy. In June, the city's unemployment rate was the third-highest behind Edmonton at 15.7 per cent, and Calgary was at 15.6 per cent. "The rate stood at 5.0 per cent at the start of the pandemic in February", said James on Friday morning.

Even with the increase in jobs in June, StatCan said there were nearly 44,000 fewer people working in Saskatchewan than the same period a year ago.

Statistics Canada's labour force survey for June showed the unemployment rate in B.C. fell slightly to 13 per cent after having risen for three straight months.

About 2.5 million didn't have jobs in June, either due to temporary or permanent layoffs, while the remainder are working less than half their usual hours.

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The gains, though, have not been shared equally between men and women, with the former gaining back jobs at a faster pace than the latter. Had they been counted, the unemployment rate would have been 16.3%. In June, 33,600 people were working. "Our focus on restarting B.C.'s economy in a safe, responsible manner has also been a key contributor to our success in both battling the pandemic and gradually turning our economy around", she said.

Friday's jobs report joins "a growing number of economic indicators that have been less-bad than feared early in the economic recovery", Royal Bank of Canada economist Nathan Janzen said. The Minister of Finance also added that women are more likely to have lost their job than men.

In provinces where daycares reopened for children five and under, employment levels returned to pre-pandemic levels for fathers in June, but not for mothers.

"It means that even if there are jobs, some women won't be able to take them because there's no way they can leave their kids", said Yalnizyan, a fellow on the future of workers at the Atkinson Foundation.

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