Ontario adds 151K new jobs in July, majority are part-time positions

Andrew Cummings
August 8, 2020

The results were more subdued than June's gain of 953,000 positions, but were also accompanied by a reduction in the unemployment rate, to 10.9 per cent from 12.3 per cent, Statistics Canada reported Friday. It found South Asian, Arab, and Black Canadians had the highest unemployment rates in July.

The agency said the national labour force gained 419,000 jobs in June as more parts of the economy were allowed to reopen.

Adding to the picture of an uneven labor market, several minority groups had significantly higher jobless rates than the majority, the data show. "Monthly employment data, historically among the leading market movers in foreign exchange, has been relatively toothless of late", said Don Curren, market strategist and content editor, at Cambridge Global Payments.

The Liberals estimate some four million people receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be moved onto employment insurance in the fall when the aid program begins winding down.

Parisa Mahboubi, a senior policy analyst with the C.D. Howe Institute, said whatever the Liberals do with EI needs to consider racialized workers, who are affected the most by the economic and health effects of the pandemic and often can't qualify for EI.

According to Statistics Canada, part-time work has now inched closer to where the country was before COVID-19 struck, at -5.0%, versus full-time work at -7.5%.

July saw a large increase, mostly due to part-time employment at 11.3% compared to full-time work at 0.5%.

In July, employment rose faster among women - 3.4 per cent or 275,000 - than men - who were at 1.5 per cent or 144,000.

Cornwall's jobless rate was 12 per cent last month, down from 13.9 per cent in June. Despite a small recovery in the past month, the region's hotels & restaurants in July employed not quite 27,000 compared to 44,200 a year earlier - a roughly 40 per cent drop representing 17,300 people.

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