Employment and unemployment rate stable in July

The July 2014 data of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) published on August 8 have been revised by Statistics Canada. This document is based on the revised data released on August 15.

Montréal, August 15, 2014 – In July, employment remained stable in Québec (+1,900; 0.0%), but increased in Canada (+41,700, 0.2%). This stability is due to a drop in full-time jobs (-20,800) which was compensated by gains in part-time jobs (+22,700). Employment was up among men (+5,000) but down among women (-3,100). It increased for workers aged 15 to 24 (+17,500), but decreased for those aged 25 and over (-15,600). These are the main findings of an analysis of the employment and labour force data published by the Institut de la statistique du Québec from the results of the Labour Force Survey made public today by Statistics Canada.1 .

Employment remained stable in the services sector (+1,900) and in the goods sector. The unemployment rate stayed unchanged at 8.1%, due to stability of the labour force and employment (in Canada: -0.1% percentage points; 7.0%). The employment rate held steady at 59.6% (in Canada: stable at 61.4%). The participation rate dropped 0.1 point to 64.8% (in Canada: stable at 66.1%). On a regional level (three-month moving averages), the Montréal region (-6,200) recorded the steepest employment drop, whereas the Capitale-Nationale (+5,900) posted the largest increase. Moreover, the Capitale-Nationale (5.5%) and Chaudière-Appalaches (5.8%) regions recorded the lowest unemployment rates.

Employment growth since July 2013

Over the past 12 months, Québec recorded an increase of 16,300 jobs (+0.4%). Growth was also observed in Canada (+0.9%, +156,800).Since July 2013, the services sector has created 55,000 jobs (+1.8%) in Québec, while the goods sector has recorded loses (-38,600; -4.4%). Decrease in the latter was driven by the construction industry (-24,000) and the manufacturing industry (-15,200). As for the services sector, employment increases were mainly observed in information, culture and recreation (+30,900), transportation and warehousing (+25,700), and accommodation and food services (+24,700). However, this increase was offset by employment loses in business, building and other support services (-18,600), educational services (-16,200) and professional, scientific and technical services (-8,000).


1. « The monthly estimates taken from the Labour Force Survey are based on a sample and are thus subject to a certain variability that is all the more significant when these estimates are broken down by sex, age, region, industry, etc. Monthly estimates also show more variability than trends observed over longer periods of time. »


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