Employment stable and employment rate dropped in June

Montréal, July 11, 2016 – In June, employment varied little in Québec (–11,200; -0.3%) and remained stable in Canada (–700; 0.0%). The unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 points in both Québec (7.0%) and Canada  (6.8%). 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 stable in the goods-producing (–9,200) and services-producing (–2,000) sectors.

Compared with June 2015, employment was up 33,300 in Québec (+0.8%) and 107,600 in Canada as a whole (+0.6%).

Employment remained stable for the second quarter of 2016

In the second quarter of 2016, employment did not change much (+6,200; +0.2%) in Québec, like in the first quarter of the year (+2,200; +0.1%). This stability was the result of an increase in full-time (+19,200), and a decrease in part-time (–13,100), employment.

In the second quarter of 2016, employment dipped slightly in the goods-producing sector (–5,100; -0.6%), but increased in the services-producing sector (+11,200; +0.3%).

The low variation in employment between the first and second quarters of 2016 in Québec (+0.2%) was similar to what was observed in Canada and Ontario (+0.2%).

Compared with the first quarter of 2016, the unemployment rate in Québec declined by 0.4 points to 7.2% in the second quarter of 2016. This rate was higher than that in Ontario (–0.1 points to 6.7%) and Canada (–0.2 points to 7.0%). The employment rate was 59.7% (–0.1 points) in Québec, dropped to 60.8% (–0.1 points) in Ontario and stagnated at 61.1% in Canada. The participation rate was 64.4% (–0.2 points) in Québec compared to 65.2%  (–0.1 points) in Ontario and 65.7% (–0.2 points) in Canada.


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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