Employment and unemployment rate stable in July

Montréal, August 5, 2016 – In July, employment remained stable in Québec (–4,000; –0.1%), but decreased in Canada (–31,200; –0.2%). The unemployment rate remained unchanged in Québec (7.0%), but nudged upwards 0.1 points in Canada (6.9%). 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 Survey1 made public today by Statistics Canada.

Employment was little changed in the goods-producing (–3,600) and services-producing (–400) sectors.

Compared with July 2015, employment rose by 10,000 in Québec (+0.2%) and 71,400 in Canada as a whole (+0.4%).

Employment up in health care and social assistance and accommodation and food services over the past twelve months

Compared with July 2015, there were 7,900 more jobs in Québec’s goods-producing sector (+1.0%), while the provincial services-producing sector remained relatively stable (+2,200: +0.1%). The low variation in employment in the latter sector was mainly on account of a rise in health care and social assistance (+21,000), accommodation and food services (+19,500), and business, building and other support services (+15,900), though these were offset by a decline in trade (–28,700), public administration (–15,800), professional, scientific and technical services (–5,800) and educational services (–5,100). In the goods-producing sector, the employment increase was mainly attributable to manufacturing (+6,500).

Unlike in Québec, the services-producing sector (+126,100; +0.9%) in Canada was responsible for the upswing in employment over the past twelve months. Employment in the goods-producing sector dropped by 54,700 (–1.4%), mainly on account of the primary sector (–35,900) and manufacturing (–18,800). In the services-producing sector, employment growth was concentrated in health care and social assistance (+63,500), information, culture and recreation (+27,700), business services, building and other support services (+20 200), finance, insurance, real estate and rental services (+19,800), and professional, technical and scientific services (+17,900). Conversely, educational services (–29,400) and transportation and warehousing (–14,700) recorded a drop in employment.


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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