Canada's Unemployment Decreased to 7.2% in November

The unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points from 7.4% in October to 7.2% in November.

Compared with 12 months earlier, employment increased 1.7% or 294,000, mostly in full-time work. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked rose 1.3%.

In November, employment increased in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. There was little change in the other provinces.

The number of private sector employees rose by 48,000 in November, while there was little change in public sector employment and self-employment.

Year over year, employment gains totaled 187,000 (+1.7%) among private sector employees, while public sector employment increased by 76,000 (+2.1%). Over the same period, the number of self-employed was virtually unchanged.

Among industries, employment increases in November occurred in accommodation and food services; retail and wholesale trade; professional, scientific and technical services; and agriculture. There were fewer workers, however, in manufacturing and 'other services' such as civic and professional organizations, personal services and repair and maintenance.

In November, employment increased among women aged 25 to 54 and youths aged 15 to 24.

Canada, Statistics Canada
12/7/2012 1:34:40 PM