Ottawa, September 6, 2019— “This morning’s Labour Force Survey data shows that the domestic economy continues to do well and validates the Bank of Canada’s decision to hold interest rates steady earlier this week.” Alicia Macdonald, The Conference Board of Canada’s Principal Economist, offers the following insights on today's Labour Force Survey data: “After three months of little growth, employment increased by 81,000 in August, led by gains in part time employment. Hourly wages were up by 3.7 per cent which will support continued growth in real incomes.
- Employment was up 81,000 in August with 57,200 new part time positions and 23,800 full time jobs created last month.
- With the increase last month, Canada has created 471,300 new jobs over the past year—that's an increase of 2.5 per cent.
The unemployment rate held steady despite the increase in employment as more people participated in the labour force.
Average hourly wages were up by 3.7 per cent last month on a year-over-year basis. That is down from the 4.5 per cent annual gain observed last month but still well above the pace of price growth, which means households continue to experience real income growth.
Notable gains in employment were observed in Ontario and Quebec. Manitoba, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan saw small job gains while employment held steady in the other provinces.
- The unemployment rate in Quebec nudged down to 4.7 per cent last month, the lowest level since comparable data became available in the mid-1970s. With the unemployment rate nudging up in B.C. last month, Quebec now has the lowest unemployment rate across all provinces.
- Last month's gain in employment shows that businesses are still willing to hire, thus suggesting some degree of confidence in the near-term economic outlook. It also reinforces the Bank of Canada’s decision to stand pat on interest rates on Wednesday, given the current strength in the domestic economy.
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