Québec labour market recorded employment gains of 37,300 in 2015

Montréal, March 22, 2016 – Employment gains in the Québec labour market totalled 37,300 in 2015 (+0.9%). Employment was up among men (+30,500) and remained stable among women (+6,700). The unemployment rate was little changed (‑0.1 points) and stood at 7.6%. The average hourly wage grew faster than the consumer price index (+2.2% vs. +1.3%). These are among the main findings of the publication État du marché du travail au Québec. Bilan de l'année 2015 made public today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec based on data from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey.

Gains in full-time employment

While full-time work was down in 2014 (-33,000), it increased by 45,000 in 2015. The level of employment of persons aged 55 and over was up by almost 20,000 and neared the 800,000 mark in 2015. The relative share of this age group was close to 20% in 2015, up from about 13% ten years earlier. Employment was up in the private sector (+28,400), but remained stable in the public sector and among self-employed workers.

Employment rises in the services-producing sector, but declines in the goods-producing sector

Employment growth in 2015 was due to an increase in the services-producing sector (+63,100), as employment declined in the goods-producing sector (-25,800). Professional, scientific and technical services, trade, public administration, business, building and other support services as well as transportation and warehousing made employment gains totalling more than 10,000, while construction (-20,900) and other services (-20,600) suffered losses.

Quebecers’ work week averaged 34.8 hours in 2015. Employees worked an average of 34.1 hours per week, while self-employed workers averaged 39.3 hours of work per week.

The publication État du marché du travail au Québec. Bilan de l’année 2015 provides an overview of labour market conditions in the whole of Canada and in the other provinces. It also includes a section on administrative regions and on the immigrant population.



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