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Canada Employment Landscape

June 2022 Overview

The Canadian employment landscape is constantly changing. Keep up-to-date with the most recent trends with our monthly Employment Landscape Overview. Figures and statistics sourced from Statistics Canada.

  • Employment at 19,597,000 in June - 0.2%

    Employment fell by 43,000 (-0.2%) in June, fully offsetting the increase of 40,000 recorded in May. This is the first time employment has declined since January 2022.

    The number of self-employed workers fell by 59,000 (-2.2 per cent), while the number of employees held steady in both the public and the private sectors.

  • Employment in Quebec decreased - 0.6%

    Employment in Quebec fell 27,000 in June (-0.6 percent), the second decline in three months. The largest losses occurred in natural resources, as well as information, culture, and recreation.

  • Employment grew in the goods-producing sector - 33k

    In the goods-producing sector, employment rose by 33,000 (+0.8 per cent) in June, with gains in construction and manufacturing.

  • Unemployment rate decreased 0.2% from May - 4.9%

    The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to a new record low of 4.9 per cent, as fewer people searched for work.

  • Adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.2% - 6.8%

    Adjusted unemployment rate includes those who wanted a job but did not look for one

  • Full-time employment sees decrease in June

    While both full-time and part-time employment were little changed in June, full-time work has increased on a cumulative basis over the last two months. Compared with April, full-time employment was up by 131,000 (+0.8 per cent) in June, while part-time work was down by 135,000 (-3.6 per cent).

    Employment among people aged 55 and older fell by 51,000 (-1.2 per cent) in June. This was the first decline among older workers since April 2021. Employment was little changed among youth aged 15 to 24 and the core-age population aged 25 to 54.

  • Work-from-home employees decreased

    The proportion of workers who report that they work exclusively from home fell 1.3 percentage points to 17.9 percent.

  • Average hourly wages increased on a year-over-year basis

    Average hourly wages rose 5.2 per cent (+$1.54 to $31.24) on a year-over-year basis in June up from 3.9 per cent in May and 3.3 per cent in April.

  • Returning student employment increased

    The employment rate among returning students aged 15 to 24 was higher in June (53.2 per cent) than before the pandemic in June 2019 (51.2 percent), mirroring the situation observed in May 2022.

  • Labour force participation falls

    The labour force participation rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 64.9 per cent.

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Industry Trends

Broadleaf summarizes the latest industry trends each month to keep you informed as you make decisions about the future of your business.

  • 4 in 10 employers feel it’s more common for job candidates to cut off communication now than two years ago.

    Candidate ghosting is taking an increasing toll on employers in today’s candidate-driven market. 43 percent (4 in 10) employers feel it’s more common for job
    candidates to cut off communication now than two years ago.

  • 43% of candidates ghost a prospective employer because the job was not what they expected.

    The other top reasons cited were:

    • The interview process was poor (31 per cent)
    • The candidate received another job offer (18 percent)
    • A mandatory return-to-office policy was implemented (8 per cent

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