This Labour Market Report is primarily focused on the hourly labour market in North America, giving an overview of key trends, insights and news articles surrounding this segment.
The US saw an increase in jobs in April. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced US employment increased by 223,000 jobs in April. The unemployment rate decreased to 5.4%. Canada saw a decrease in jobs in April, according to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, Canada’s total employment decreased by 20,000 jobs. The unemployment rate held steady at 6.8% for a third consecutive month. The decrease in employment can be attributed to losses in part-time jobs.
In British Columbia, employment declined by 29,000, increasing the unemployment rate to 6.3%. Alberta added 13,000 jobs, keeping the unemployment rate at a steady 5.5%. Newfoundland and Labrador gained 2,200 jobs, decreasing the unemployment rate to 12.6%. Lastly, Quebec grew by 69,000 jobs.