Employment up and unemployment rate stable in June

Montréal, July 7, 2017. – Employment grew in Québec (+28,300; +0.7%) and in Canada (+45,300; +0.2%) in the month of June. The unemployment rate remained stable at 6.0% in Québec, as more people participated in the labour force (+32,200). It declined by 0.1 points to 6.5% 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, based on the results of the Labour Force Survey.1

Both the services-producing sector (+19,100) and the goods-producing sector (+9,300) recorded a rise in employment.

Since June 2016, employment has increased by 121,700 (+3.0%) in Québec, compared to 350,800 in Canada as a whole (+1.9%).

Employment up in the second quarter of 2017

In the second quarter of 2017, employment rose by 13,500 in Québec (+0.3%), after increasing by 10,500 in the first quarter of 2017 and by 44,400 in the fourth quarter of 2016. The latest increase was only noted in part-time work (+21,500), as full-time work dropped by 8,000 over this period.

Employment was up in the goods-producing sector (+9,100; +1.1%), but was little changed in the services-producing sector (+4,300; +0.1%) in the second quarter of 2017.

As was the case in Québec, employment increased in Canada (+0.4%) between the first and second quarter of 2017, but was little changed in Ontario (+0.1%).

Compared with the previous quarter, Québec’s unemployment rate was down 0.1 points in the second quarter of 2017 to 6.2%. This rate was identical to that of Ontario (-0.1 points to 6.2%) and lower than that of Canada (-0.2 points to 6.5%). The employment rate was 60.8% (+0.1 points) in Québec; it stood at 60.7% (-0.2 points) in Ontario and 61.5% (+0.1 points) in Canada. The participation rate was stable in both Québec (64.8%) and Canada (65.8%), but declined in Ontario (-0.3 points to 64.7%).


1. Every month, the Institut de la statistique du Québec publishes the Résultats de l’Enquête sur la population active pour le Québec from data released by Statistics Canada. This document, available on the Institut’s website at 2 p.m., includes an in-depth analysis with tables and charts. The monthly estimates drawn from the Labour Force Survey are based on a sample, and are thus subjected 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.

The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for carrying out all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.

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