Immigrants and Employment – May 2017

Immigrants more likely to be unemployed in Newfoundland

Canada’s Employment Overview

Canada’s economy adds 54,500 jobs in May 2017.

In May 2017, there were 1,288,900 unemployed in Canada; 6.6% unemployment rate.




Full-time positions increased by 77,000 and part-time positions decreased by 22,300.

The goods-producing sector added 23,300 jobs and the services-producing sector added 31,300 positions.

In the goods-producing sector, manufacturing added the most jobs (25,300)

In the services-producing sector, professional, scientific and technical services added the most jobs (25,900).

Immigrants Unemployment1 in Canada

Provincially, Newfoundland maintained the highest unemployment rates of 14.3% for the total population, 17.5% for immigrants and 14.3% for the Canadian-born.

Very recent immigrants in Quebec had the highest unemployment rate (13.7%), followed by Alberta (10.1%).

Canada: Unemployment Rates – May 2017
LANDED IMMIGRANTS
Geography Total Pop. Total Immigrants 5 or less years earlier 5 to 10 years More than 10 years Canadian Born
Canada 5.8 6.4 9.8 6.3 5.6 5.4
Newfoundland 14.3 17.5 x x x 14.3
Prince Edward Island 9.9 10.3 x x x 9.9
Nova Scotia 7.6 7.2 x 14.6 6.1 7.3
New Brunswick 7.3 x x x x 7.7
Quebec 5.8 9.1 13.7 6 8.6 5
Ontario 5.3 5.6 8.9 6 5 4.9
Manitoba 4.4 4.8 9.1 3.6 3.6 4.2
Saskatchewan 6.1 8.9 8.7 9.3 8.7 5.6
Alberta 7.1 8.2 10.1 8 7.6 6.8
British Columbia 4.5 4.5 7.4 5.2 3.8 4.2
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 21.4%.

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 – May 2017
No degree High school* High School** Postsecondary Certificate University degree
Immigrants past 5 years 21.4 9.9 x 10.4 9.2
Immigrants 5-10 years 13 7.3 x 6.9 5.4
Immigrants 10+ 10.4 6.4 6.8 5 4.9
Born in Canada 12.7 7.6 7 5.1 2.8
*Graduate
**And some postsecondary
Source: Statistics Canada 2017

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


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