In September, employment increased in Ontario and Nova Scotia, while it held steady in the other provinces.
Growth in employment was concentrated among both men and women in the core working ages of 25 to 54.
There were more people working in health care and social assistance, as well as in accommodation and food services. At the same time, there were declines in information, culture and recreation, and in natural resources.
The number of self-employed workers increased, as did the number of employees in the public sector.
Employment growth concentrated in Ontario
Employment in Ontario rose by 41,000 in September, mostly in full-time work. The unemployment rate in the province declined 0.3 percentage points to 5.3%. On a year-over-year basis, employment in Ontario grew by 253,000 (+3.5%).
In Nova Scotia, employment rose by 3,200, all in full-time work, and the unemployment rate declined 0.7 percentage points to 7.2%. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment in the province grew by 10,000 (+2.2%).
While employment was little changed in all other provinces in September, the unemployment rate fell in Newfoundland and Labrador (down 1.6 percentage points to 11.5%), Alberta (down 0.6 percentage points to 6.6%) and Manitoba (down 0.6 percentage points to 5.0%).
Employment in health care and social assistance rose by 30,000, continuing an upward trend that began in April. On a year-over-year basis, employment in this industry grew by 108,000 (+4.5%).
Following declines in the first half of 2019, employment in accommodation and food services grew by 23,000 in September, bringing employment in this industry to a level similar to that observed 12 months earlier.
The number of people employed in information, culture and recreation fell by 37,000 in September. On a year-over-year basis, employment in this industry was virtually unchanged.
Employment in natural resources declined by 7,000, continuing a downward trend that began in June. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment in this industry decreased by 24,000 (-6.8%).