Immigrants and Employment (August 2017)

Very recent immigrants with university degree had a 10% unemployment rate

Immigrants Employment August 2017

Canada’s Employment Overview

In August 2017, employment rose by 22,200 in Canada.

In August, there were 1,226,600 unemployed in Canada; 6.3% unemployment rate.

Full-time positions decreased by 88,100 and part-time positions increased by 110,400.




The goods-producing sector shed 13,700 jobs and the services-producing sector added 35,900 positions.

In the goods-producing sector, manufacturing lost the most jobs (11,100)

In the services-producing sector, finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing added the most jobs (14,600).

Immigrants Unemployment1 in Canada

By province, Newfoundland maintained the highest unemployment rates of 12.2% for the total population, 14.3% for immigrants and 12.3% for the Canadian-born.

Very recent immigrants in Quebec had the highest unemployment rate (15.5%), followed by Nova Scotia (15.1%).

Canada: Unemployment Rates – August 2017
LANDED IMMIGRANTS
Geography Total Pop. Total Immigrants 5 or less years earlier 5 to 10 years More than 10 years Canadian Born
Canada 5.5 6.5 10.2 6.6 5.6 5.1
Newfoundland 12.2 14.3 x x x 12.3
Prince Edward Island 7.5 4.9 10 x .. 7.8
Nova Scotia 6.8 7.8 15.1 x 5 6.8
New Brunswick 5.8 3.3 x x x 6
Quebec 5.1 7.6 15.5 5.3 6 4.5
Ontario 5.5 6.4 9.8 7.5 5.5 4.8
Manitoba 4.3 5.3 8.6 4.6 3.8 4
Saskatchewan 5.6 7.5 9.5 7.1 5.1 5.2
Alberta 6.9 7.3 7.8 7.4 7.1 6.8
British Columbia 4.5 5.2 7.7 5.3 4.7 4.1
Source: Statistics Canada 2017

Immigrants Education1

Among workers with no degree, immigrants arrived in Canada in the past five years had the highest unemployment rate of 21.1%.

Regardless of their arrival period, the unemployment rates of immigrants with university degree were higher than those of the Canadian-born.

Canada: Unemployment by Level of Education and immigration status – August 2017
  No degree High school* High School** Postsecondary Certificate University degree
Immigrants past 5 years 21.1 8.3 9.8 10.5 10
Immigrants 5-10 years 13.3 8.1 12.9 4.8 6
Immigrants 10+ 7.1 6.3 8.1 5.1 5.2
Born in Canada 9.7 5.8 6.7 4.9 3.8
*Graduate
**And some postsecondary
Source: Statistics Canada 2017

1 Core-aged workers (those aged 25 to 54)

JOBLESS IMMIGRANTS IN CANADA



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