COVID-19: B.C. economy grew by 118,000 jobs in June

10 Juillet, 2020, 20:37 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • The National Capital Region's jobless rate shot up to 6.9 per cent in April compared with 5.1 per cent in March. Justin Tallis  AFP via Getty Images

Despite the job gains, B.C.'s unemployment rate still sits at 13 per cent, down slightly from 13.4 per cent in May. This comes after May marked a record rate of 13.7 per cent.

Statistics Canada said 953,000 jobs were added last month, including 488,000 full-time and 465,000 part-time positions.

In Ontario's case, where the easing of restrictions began in late May, employment rose by 378,000 people, marking the first increase in employment since the beginning of the pandemic-induced shutdowns.

In May, 289,600 jobs were filled.

At the national level Canada added nearly one million jobs in June.

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The unemployment rate fell 0.9 percentage points in June to 11.6 per cent, the fourth-lowest rate among the provinces.

Despite more people re-entering the workforce, more people were also looking for work. However, Stats Canada said employment in both industries remained well below pre-COVID-19 February levels.

However, it wasn't until March that the economy showed the real impacts of closures and restrictions.

"Approximately 2.5 million Canadians were unemployed in June, a decrease of 167,000 (-6.4%) from May but more than double the February level (1.1 million)".

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