Canadian Unemployment Rate Steady at 6.9% in October

Employment was little changed for the second consecutive month and the unemployment rate remained at 6.9 percent in October.

Compared with October of 2012, employment increased by 1.2 percent or 214,000, with gains in full-time and part-time work. Over the same period, the number of hours worked rose by 1.4 percent.

Provincially, employment increased in Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Prince Edward Island. At the same time, there were declines in Nova Scotia, Manitoba and New Brunswick.

In October, there were more people working in accommodation and food services, health care and social assistance as well as public administration. However, employment declined in business, building and other support services.

The number of public sector employees increased in October, while there was little change among private sector employees and the self-employed.

Canadian Unemployment Rate Steady at 6.9% in October

Statistics Canada | Joana Taborda |
11/8/2013 1:48:06 PM