Unemployment decreased by 48,700 to 1,265,000, and employment went up by 3.2 thousand to 18,311,200. Full-time employment decreased by 31.2 thousand, following a 18.4 thousand rise in March. Part-time employment rose by 34.3 thousand after a 1 thousand gain in the previous month.
There were more people working in educational services (19.9 thousand); health care and social assistance (12 thousand); transportation and warehousing (8.8 thousand); and information, culture and recreation (10.7 thousand). On the other hand, declines were recorded in business, building and other support services (-19 thousand); accommodation and food services (-12 thousand); "other services" (-9.5 thousand); and public administration (-7.8 thousand).
Public sector employment increased by 35,000 in April, largely in health care and social assistance and educational services. At the same time, the number of private sector employees fell by 51,000.
Employment rose in British Columbia and Prince Edward Island, while it was virtually unchanged in the other provinces.
In April, employment increased among people 55 and older, while it declined among men aged 25 to 54.
The participation rate decreased to 65.6 percent from 65.9 percent in the previous month.