Canada Labour Force Survey for February 2023 reveals that Canada’s employment market is stable, with employment remaining relatively the same (+22,000; +0.1%) and the unemployment rate remaining unchanged at 5.0%. The survey also shows that there were around a million unemployed people in Canada in February, the same number registered a month earlier.
Steady Employment Trends for Adults Aged 25-54 and Youths
Employment remained steady for adults aged 25 to 54, and there was an insignificant change in the employment rate for youths compared to the previous month.
Increasing Opportunities for Women
Canada saw a significant increase in women’s employment, particularly for those aged 55-64, which increased by 30,000 (+1.9%) in February. Over 60% of women in this age group were employed. Moreover, 58.9% of women aged 15 and older were employed, indicating a 0.8% (214,000) increase from August 2022. This increase in women’s employment is reflective of an increased focus on equal employment opportunities regardless of gender or age, and it is helping to reduce workplace inequality and create better work environments for all employees.
The increase in women’s employment in February is a significant milestone for gender equality in the workplace. More women are now finding employment in leadership positions and other roles traditionally held by men. This is a clear indication that the Canadian government’s focus on equal employment opportunities regardless of gender or age is bearing fruit.
Employment Trends by Industry
In February, public administration saw an employment increase of (+10,000, +0.9%), which was up 7.7% from a year earlier in the Canada labour force survey. However, there was a decline in business, building, and other support services (-11,000; -1.5%), which was most concentrated in Ontario (-16,000, -5.3%). Employment remained mostly the same in other industries.
What to Expect in Canadian Work-Life Balance for New Immigrants
The Canadian economy has been steadily growing over the past few years, with the professional, scientific, and technical services industry seeing employment increase by 4.7% (+84,000) in February 2023, accounting for over 33% of total net employment growth in the preceding three years. Moreover, the industry registered the fastest growth rate of hourly wages, up 9.6% (+$3.83 to $43.69) over this period. According to the Canada Labour Force Survey, Healthcare and social assistance employment also grew by 0.6% (15,000) during this same period and was up 1.7% (44,000) on a year-by-year basis. These figures suggest that Canada’s job market is becoming increasingly diversified, with more opportunities available for those looking for work in certain industries.
Employment Trends by Province and Territory
Data from the Canada Labor Force Survey shows that the employment rate rose in four regions and declined in one. Prince Edward Island registered a growth of 2.0% (+1,700) and a (+2,400) in full-time employment in February. Newfoundland and Labrador registered a growth of 1.6% (+3,800) in employment in February, while the unemployment rate fell 1.9 (+2,400).
New Brunswick registered a growth of 1.3% (+5,100) and a 5% year-by-year increase in employment in February. Manitoba registered a growth of 0.7% (4,900) in February, largely resulting from full-time employment. Nova Scotia, on the other hand, recorded an employment decline (-4,700; -0.9%) in February, taking the unemployment rate up to 5.7%. The other provinces did not record a noticeable change in the employment rate.
Significance of Steady Employment Trends
The steady employment trends indicated in the February 2023 Labor Force Survey is a positive sign for the Canadian economy. The fact that employers are still hiring and Canadians are finding work suggests that the economy is resilient despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Diversified Job Market
The fact that the Canadian job market is becoming increasingly diversified is good news for job seekers. With employment opportunities increasing in sectors such as professional, scientific, and technical services and healthcare and social assistance, job seekers have a wider range of options to choose from when searching for work.
The February 2023 Canada Labour Force Survey shows that Canada’s employment market is stable, with employment remaining relatively the same and the unemployment rate remaining unchanged at 5.0%. The increase in women’s employment and the diversified job market are promising trends for the Canadian economy.