Canada's employment growth in November exceeded expectations
With employment rising higher than expected and unemployment falling to pre-epidemic levels, new labor data shows Canada is on track for a full economic recovery.
Last November, Canadian business employers created 154,000 jobs. Last month’s growth was higher than analysts’ expectations of 38,000, which was closer to the October level. Employment growth was one percent above pre-epidemic levels. The unemployment rate also fell from 0.3 percent in February 2020 to 6 percent.
Canadian Labor Force Survey data reflects labor market conditions for the week of November 7-13. The outcomes of vaccination policies and other public health actions were broadly similar to those seen in October.
Despite rising employment, the labor shortage persists
The November hiring came from the private sector in both full-time and part-time positions. However, Canada continues to suffer from labor shortages in areas such as hospitality, retail and healthcare. There were nearly a million job vacancies across the country in September.
Most of the government funding for COVID-19 closed in late October. Some analysts say this caused people to take up vacancies. One such measure is the Canada Recovery Allowance for anyone accused of preventing people from returning to work. The Canadian conference delegation says the lack of wage increases has led to increased discouragement, especially in the low-wage sector.