Immigrants and Employment -January 2017
Canada’s economy adds 48,300 jobs in January 2017.
In January, there were 1,324,400 unemployed in Canada; 6.8% unemployment rate.
Full-time positions increased by 15,800 and part-time positions by 32,400.
The goods-producing sector added 5,600 jobs and the services-producing sector added 42,600 positions.
In the goods-producing sector, construction added the most jobs (5,200)
In the services-producing sector, finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing services gained the most jobs (20,500).
Provincially, Newfoundland maintained the highest unemployment rates of 12.8% for the total population, 11.8% for immigrants and 12.9% for the Canadian-born.
Very recent immigrants in Ontario had the highest unemployment rate (9.6%), followed by British Columbia (9.3%) and Alberta (9.2%).
Canada: Unemployment Rates (January 2017)
|Geography||Total Pop.||Total Immigrants||5 or less years earlier||5 to 10 years||More than 10 years||Canadian Born|
|Prince Edward Island||9.7||7.1||x||x||x||9.6|
|Source: Statistics Canada 2017|
Among workers with no degree, immigrants arrived in Canada in the past five years had the highest unemployment rate of 19.8%.
Regardless of their arrival period, the unemployment rates of immigrants with university degree were higher than those of the Canadian-born.
|Canada: Unemployment Rates by Level of Education and immigration status (January 2017)|
|No degree||High school*||High School**||Postsecondary Certificate||University degree|
|Immigrants past 5 years||19.8||6.1||x||5.2||10.2|
|Immigrants 5-10 years||9.8||8.1||x||6.4||6|
|Born in Canada||12.9||6.7||7.1||5.2||2.7|
|**And some postsecondary|
|Source: Statistics Canada 2017.|
1 Core-aged workers (those aged 25 to 54).