Employment down and unemployment rate up in June

Montréal, July 10, 2015 – In June, employment was down in Québec (-33,300; -0.8%), but remained stable in Canada (-6,400; 0.0%). It stood at 4,075,500 in Québec and at 17,947,400 in Canada. The unemployment rate was 8.0% (+0.4 points) in Québec and remained stable at 6.8% in Canada. 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 Canada1.

In general, employment was down in the services-producing sector (-28,500), but was little changed in the goods-producing sector (-4,800) in June 2015.

Compared with the month of June 2014, employment was up 25,800 (+0.6%) in Québec and 176,100 (+1.0%) in Canada.

Slight increase in employment in the second quarter

In the second quarter 2015, employment was up slightly in Québec (+8,300; +0.2%). Full time work increased (+37,300), while part-time work declined (-29,000). In the first quarter 2015, employment grew by 29,600 (+0.7%).

In the second quarter 2015, employment increased in the services-producing sector (+18,400), but contracted in the goods-producing sector (-10,000).

For the second consecutive quarter, employment was up in Québec (+0.2%), as well as in Ontario (+0.2%). In Canada, there was a 0.4% increase. On an annual basis, employment grew practically at the same rate in Québec (+0.7%) as in Ontario (+0.8%); the growth rate in Canada was 1.0%.

At 7.7%, Québec’s unemployment rate was up 0.3 points compared with the first quarter 2015, but was lower than one year ago. However, it remained higher than in Ontario (-0.3 points to 6.6%) and Canada (+0.1 points to 6.8%). The employment rate remained stable in Québec (59.9%), and was little changed in both Ontario (+0.1 point to 60.9%) and Canada (-0.1 point to 61.3%). The participation rate increased by 0.2 points to 64.9% in Québec, while it declined by 0.1 points in Ontario (65.2%) and remained stable in Canada (65.8%).

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. »


Every month, the Institut de la statistique du Québec publishes the Résultats de l’Enquête sur la population active pour le Québec from data disseminated by Statistics Canada. This document, available on the Institut website at 2 p.m., includes an in-depth analysis with tables and charts.


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