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July 6, 2001
Jobless rate unchanged at seven per cent in June, says Statistics Canada
OTTAWA (CP) - The unemployment rate held steady at seven per cent in June as the economy shed a small
number of jobs, Statistics Canada said Friday.
The rate hasn't changed in four consecutive months, despite a sluggish economy. About 13,000 jobs were lost
in June following several months of moderate job creation. Analysts had actually expected a small increase in
jobs last month and the report of a small loss in employment could shake markets.
For the first half of this year, employment growth has been around 0.2 per cent, much slower than the
1.2-per-cent pace reported over the same period last year, StatsCan reported.
Employment among adult men rose by 19,000 in June but the rate for women over 25 showed little change.
But jobs for youth, aged 15 to 24, fell by 26,000, mostly in part-time, and that helped lower the overall
Despite the loss of jobs in the economy last month, the number of people looking for work also dropped which
helped hold the jobless rate steady.
About 1.132 million people sought work last month.
Work in construction edged up by about 8,000 positions, while jobs were also created in the professional,
science and technical fields.
However, the recession in the manufacturing sector continued to cut into employment.
About 11,000 manufacturing jobs were eliminated last month for a total loss of 53,000 this year - a drop of 2.3
That almost wipes out the dramatic employment gains of 55,000 in the sector during the last half of 2000.
Alberta's booming energy sector helped the province add 8,000 new jobs, but its unemployment rate edged up
to 4.6 per cent as more people looked for work.
In contrast, British Columbia lost 16,000 part-time jobs while in Ontario employment was little changed and its
jobless rate edged up to six per cent.
Quebec saw a jump in part-time work which offset a decline in full-time jobs but a drop in the number of
job-seekers pushed its unemployment rate down slightly to 8.8 per cent.
A quick look at June jobs (May in brackets):
Unemployment rate: 7.0 per cent (7.0)
Number unemployed: 1,132,100 (1,137,400)
Number working: 15,095,700 (15,108,700)
Youth (15-24 years) unemployment: 12.0 per cent (12.1)
Men (25 plus) unemployment: 6.2 per cent (6.2)
Women (25 plus) unemployment: 5.8 per cent (5.8)
Here's what happened in the provinces, with the May rate in brackets.
-Newfoundland 15.2 (15.6)
-Prince Edward Island 10.0 (12.0)
-Nova Scotia 10.1 (10.0)
-New Brunswick 10.5 (11.2)
-Quebec 8.8 (9.0)
-Ontario 6.0 (5.9)
-Manitoba 5.4 (4.9)
-Saskatchewan 5.6 (6.3)
-Alberta 4.6 (4.5)
-British Columbia 7.0 (6.8)
Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for
major cities but cautioned the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples.
The previous three-month moving average is in brackets.
-St. John's, Nfld., 8.8 (8.1)
-Halifax, 6.6 (6.7)
-Saint John, N.B., 9.1 (9.7)
-Chicoutimi-Jonquiere, Que., 10.8 (11.1)
-Quebec, 8.8 (8.3)
-Trois-Rivieres, Que., 7.9 (8.2)
-Sherbrooke, Que., 7.2 (8.0)
-Montreal, 8.2 (8.0)
-Ottawa-Hull, 5.7 (5.6)
-Toronto, 6.0 (5.9)
-Hamilton, 6.5 (6.2)
-Kitchener, Ont., 5.7 (5.6)
-London, Ont., 6.3 (6.1)
-Oshawa, Ont., 5.2 (5.3)
-St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont., 6.4 (6.6)
-Sudbury, Ont., 8.1 (8.0)
-Thunder Bay, Ont., 7.7 (8.0)
-Windsor, Ont., 6.5 (6.8)
-Winnipeg, 5.2 (5.1)
-Regina, 5.9 (5.6)
-Saskatoon, 6.3 (6.3)
-Calgary, 4.2 (4.3)
-Edmonton, 5.3 (5.4)
-Vancouver, 5.5 (5.4)
-Victoria, 6.3 (5.8)
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