Saskatchewan adds 30,000 jobs in June, unemployment rate drops: StatCan

Andrew Cummings
July 10, 2020

This comes after May marked a record rate of 13.7 per cent. Edmonton's unemployment rate rose to 15.7 per cent, the highest out of Canada's major cities, and Calgary's rose to 15.6 per cent. But last month, B.C.'s Finance Minister Carole James said the province was starting to see some "glimmers of hope" as 43,300 jobs were created as people start to return to work.

In May, 289,600 jobs were filled.

"Approximately 2.5 million Canadians were unemployed in June, a decrease of 167,000 (-6.4%) from May but more than double the February level (1.1 million)". "The number of Canadians who were employed but worked less than half their usual hours for reasons likely related to COVID-19 dropped by 823,000 in June".

Saskatchewan's unemployment rate dipped to 11.6 per cent in June from a high in May of 12.5 per cent, according to a Statistics Canada report on Friday.

The unemployment rate in May was a record-high 13.7 per cent, a far turn from the record low of 5.5 per cent recorded in January. Unemployment rose 17.2 per cent in the provincial capital with 18,200 people left looking for work.

However, it wasn't until March that the economy showed the real impacts of closures and restrictions.

There are still 1.8 million fewer jobs in Canada today than there were in February.

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