Immigrants and Employment – April 2017

Canada Immigrants Employment April 2017

Canada’s Employment Overview

Canada’s economy adds 3,200 jobs in April 2017.

In April 2017, there were 1,265,000 unemployed in Canada; 6.5% unemployment rate.

Full-time positions decreased by 31,200 and part-time positions increased by 34,300.




The goods-producing sector added 4,200 jobs and the services-producing sector lost 1,000 positions.

In the goods-producing sector, agriculture added the most jobs (4,300)

In the services-producing sector, business, building and other support services lost most jobs (18,700) about the same amount that gained the previous month.

Immigrants Unemployment1 in Canada

Provincially, Newfoundland maintained the highest unemployment rates of 15% for the total population, 14% for immigrants and 15% for the Canadian-born.

Very recent immigrants in Quebec had the highest unemployment rate (12.6%), followed by Saskatchewan (8.9%).

Canada: Unemployment Rates -April 2017

LANDED IMMIGRANTS

Geography Total Pop. Total Immigrants 5 or less years earlier 5 to 10 years More than 10 years Canadian Born
Canada 6 6.3 9.3 6.5 5.6 5.8
Newfoundland 15 14 x x x 15
Prince Edward Island 10.8 7.1 x x x 11.1
Nova Scotia 8.3 8.3 x 20 7.2 8
New Brunswick 8.1 x x x x 8.5
Quebec 6.3 9.7 12.6 7.1 9.7 5.5
Ontario 5.3 5.3 8.8 5.8 4.6 5.1
Manitoba 4.6 4.6 7.6 3.9 3.4 4.5
Saskatchewan 6 8.2 8.9 8.5 7 5.6
Alberta 7.3 8.3 8.8 7.8 8.4 7
British Columbia 4.6 4.8 8 5.8 4 4.3
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 21.8%.

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 -April 2017
No degree High school* High School** Postsecondary Certificate University degree
Immigrants past 5 years 21.8 9.8 x 9.8 8.5
Immigrants 5-10 years 9.9 7 x 6.9 6
Immigrants 10+ 11.9 6.4 4.1 5.2 4.9
Born in Canada 13.8 8.1 7.2 5.4 2.8
*Graduate
**And some postsecondary
Source: Statistics Canada 2017

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


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