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Unemployment Stats In Canada Due To Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated on April 10, 2020
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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in stark unemployment numbers across Canada, and they’re getting worse and worse each month.

March showed devastating numbers in all industries, recording over 1 million job losses.

Key statistics are shown below. Or click here to see a list view.

*This page will continue to be updated as new numbers are reported each month.

Key statistics

3,100,000

Total # of Canadians who lost their jobs or saw reduced work hours as of March, 2020.

1,011,000

Jobs lost in March in Canada, a -5.3% employment decrease

2,100,000

Canadians saw reduced work hours in March

7.8%

Unemployment rate as of March, 2020

15%

Reduction in total hours worked across all industries in Canada, according to Labour Force Survey

4.26 Million

Canadians applied for at least one form of government emergency support due to unemployment. That is over 11% of the country’s entire population.

Who was hit the hardest?

PROVINCES THAT WERE HIT THE HARDEST

Employment fell in all provinces, with the hardest hit provinces listed below.

#1. Quebec

-6.0% employment decline, 264,000 jobs lost

#2. Ontario

-5.3% employment decline, 403,000 jobs lost

#3. British Columbia

-5.2% employment decline, 132,000 jobs lost

#4. Alberta

-5.0% employment decline, 117,000 jobs lost

*Calgary

City with the highest unemployment rate in Canada (8.6%).

INDUSTRIES THAT WERE HIT THE HARDEST

The hardest hit industries are those with limited ability to switch to work-from-home.

#1. Accomodations & Food

-23.9% employment decline, 294,000 jobs lost

#2. Information Culture & Recreation

-13.3% employment decline, 104,000 jobs lost

#3. Educational Services

-9.1% employment decline, 125,000 jobs lost

#4. Wholesale & Retail

-7.2% employment decline, 208,000 jobs lost

#5. Health Care & Social Assistance

-4.0% employment decline, 100,000 jobs lost

DEMOGRAPHIC

Young people and women saw the biggest employment decreases in Canada.

Age 15-24

Young Canadians saw the biggest unemployment hit at -15.4%, 390,000 jobs lost.

Women 25-54

Women saw an unemployment decline twice the size of men working in the same category. Women saw a -5.0% decrease (298,500 jobs lost) compared to only -2.0% decrease for men (127,600 jobs lost).


NOTES:

As of March 2020, 3.1 million Canadians have either lost their jobs or saw a reduction in work hours.

1,011,000 jobs were lost in March alone, and 2,100,000 Canadians saw reduced work hours.

The unemployment rate for Canada is now at 7.8%.

4.26 million Canadians have applied for at least one form of emergency government support due to unemployment. That accounts for over 11% of the entire country’s population.

Which provinces were hit the hardest?

Employment fell in all provinces.

Quebec saw the largest decrease (-6.0% – 264,000 jobs lost).

Ontario (-5.3% – 403,000 jobs lost)

British Columbia (-5.2% – 132,000 jobs lost)

Alberta (-5.0% – 117,000 jobs lost).

The city in Canada with the highest unemployment rate at the moment is Calgary, at 8.6%.

Which industries were hit the hardest?

Accommodation & Food saw a -23.9% decline, 294,000 jobs lost.

Information Culture & Recreation saw a -13.3% decline, 104,000 jobs lost.

Educational Services saw a -9.1% decline, 125,000 jobs lost.

Wholesale & Retail saw a -7.2% decline, 208,000 jobs lost.

Health Care & Social Assistance saw a -4.0% decline, 100,000 jobs lost.

Which demographic was hit the hardest?

Young people and women saw the biggest employment hits in March.

Young Canadians aged 15-24 saw the biggest decline at -15.4%, 390,000 jobs lost.

Women aged 25-54 saw an unemployment decline twice the size of men working in the same category. Women saw a -5.0% decrease (298,500 jobs lost) compared to only -2.0% decrease for men (127,600 jobs lost).

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