Employment numbers in Ontario fell by 80,000 last month

Sep 8 2018, 1:40 am

After two consecutive monthly increases, employment numbers in Ontario fell by 80,000 in August and the Ontario unemployment rate rose 0.3 percentage points in August, to 5.7%.

Those are the latest figures from the Government of Canada’s most recent Labour Force Survey (LFS).

That said, the survey also found that full-time employment held steady compared with the previous month, with year-over-year gains totalling 172,000 (+3.0%). In the 12 months to August, part-time work decreased by 93,000 (-6.7%).

The government said that in general, monthly changes in part-time employment can be the result of a number of factors, including movements between part-time and full-time work, movement of younger and older workers in and out of the labour force, changes in employment in industries where part-time work is more common, and slight deviations from typical seasonal patterns.

The report also found, that across the country, employment fell by 22,000 in professional, scientific and technical services, with the majority of these losses in Ontario.

The LFS estimates are the first in a series of labour market indicators released by Statistics Canada, which includes indicators from programs such as the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours (SEPH), Employment Insurance Statistics, and the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey.

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