Immigrants and Employment (July 2017)

Newfoundland immigrants more likely to be unemployed

Canada’s Employment Overview

In July 2017, employment rose by 11,000 in Canada.

In July, there were 1,246,800 unemployed in Canada; 6.3% unemployment rate.

Full-time positions increased by 35,100 and part-time positions decreased by 24,300.

The goods-producing sector added 1,900 jobs and the services-producing sector added 9,000 positions.

In the goods-producing sector, manufacturing added the most jobs (13,700)

In the services-producing sector, wholesale and retail trade added the most jobs (21,900).



Immigrants Unemployment1 in Canada

Newfoundland maintained the highest unemployment rates of 12.3% for the total population, 13.5% for immigrants and 12.3% for the Canadian-born.

Very recent immigrants in Quebec had the highest unemployment rate (16%), followed by Nova Scotia (12.7%).

Canada: Unemployment Rates – July 2017
LANDED IMMIGRANTS
Geography Total Pop. Total Immigrants 5 or less years earlier 5 to 10 years More than 10 years Canadian Born
Canada 5.3 6.5 10.3 6.3 5.6 4.8
Newfoundland 12.3 13.5 x x x 12.3
Prince Edward Island 7.3 5.6 x x .. 7.4
Nova Scotia 6.3 7.2 12.7 x 4.7 6.2
New Brunswick 5.6 3.4 x x x 5.7
Quebec 4.6 7.9 16 4.6 6.5 3.9
Ontario 5.3 6.2 9.5 6.8 5.5 4.5
Manitoba 4 5.2 9.7 4.3 3.4 3.6
Saskatchewan 5.6 7.8 8.5 7.8 6.7 5.2
Alberta 6.6 7.3 8.6 7.4 6.7 6.4
British Columbia 4.5 5.1 7.6 6 4.5 4.2
Source: Statistics Canada 2017

Immigrants and Education1

Among workers with no degree, immigrants arrived in Canada in the past five years had the highest unemployment rate of 23.6%.

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 – July 2017
No degree High school* High School** Postsecondary Certificate University degree
Immigrants past 5 years 23.6 8.5 9 10.4 10
Immigrants 5-10 years 16.8 8.2 x 5.5 5.3
Immigrants 10+ 7.5 6.9 9.3 5 4.9
Born in Canada 10.4 5.9 6.7 4.6 3
*Graduate
**And some postsecondary
Source: Statistics Canada 2017

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


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