Over 400,000 jobs were gained across Canada in July: StatsCan | Venture

Andrew Cummings
August 7, 2020

Quebec's unemployment rate decreased 1.2 percentage points to 9.5 per cent, the third consecutive monthly decrease.

Federal job numbers for July say Saskatchewan's employment rate rose by about 2.5 per cent over data from June.

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.

As restaurants and bars reopened to varying degrees, employment rose 12.3 per cent in accommodation and food services but remains only 74.9 per cent of its February level.

About 266,0000 more people were looking for work in July, rising for the third consecutive month, but still down nearly 300,000 from where it was in February.

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

The number of Canadians who were employed but worked less than half their usual hours because of the virus has declined by 412,000 to just under one million.

More generally, the region shed part-time jobs at a much greater rate than full-time ones - again, reflecting the fact part-timers are concentrated in hospitality and tourism.

In July, the vast majority of Canadians - 85.8 per cent - who had adjusted to COVID-19 by starting to work from home expected that they would continue to do so for the following four weeks.

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