Labour Force Survey, April 2013, published May 10

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Employment in April was up 0.1% from March. The unemployment rate remained at 7.2% in April.  Construction employment was unchanged from March, while manufacturing employment increased 1.2% from a month earlier.

In April, employment stood at 17.7 million, up 0.9% from April 2012.  Full-time employment grew by 36,000 from March, while part-time employment decreased by 23,600 from the previous month.  Full-time employment was up by 183,900 from April 2012, while part-time decreased by 21,500 over the same period.

Employment over the past year grew in seven provinces, led by Saskatchewan (+3.1%), Prince Edward Island (+3.0%) and Alberta (+1.9). Quebec’s employment growth rate was 1.1%, while Ontario’s was 1.0%.  Employment from a year earlier was down 1.2% in New Brunswick and 0.3% in both Manitoba and British Columbia.

Total employment gains of 70,700 have occurred in Ontario since April 2012.  Its unemployment rate was 7.7% in April, unchanged from March.  Quebec’s total employment increase since April 2012 was 43,600.  Its unemployment rate in April was 7.8%, up from 7.7% in March.
Since April 2012, employment in the goods-producing sector has decreased by 1.6% and in the services-producing sector, it has grown by 1.6%.

The construction industry gained 500 jobs in April over March, bringing total construction employment to 1,300,600, which is an increase of 9,800 construction jobs (+0.8%) from April 2012.

Total manufacturing employment was up 20,600 from March to 1,736,400 jobs.  That was a loss of 51,800 positions (-2.9%) since the same month last year.

The number of people working in retail and wholesale trade was down (-0.6%) in April from March and totaled 2,685,300.  That was a gain of 2.8% from April 2012.

Employment among adult women, aged 25 and over, was up 92,000 in April 2013 over April 2012 and increased by 13,300 from March.  Employment among adult men was up 88,600 in April 2013 over April 2012 and grew by 17,900 from March.  Employment among youths (15-24 years of age) fell by 18,200 since last April, and was down by 18,800 from March.

In April, private sector employment was 20,000 (-0.2%) lower than in March, but was up 0.1% from April 2012.  Self-employment was down 0.1% in April over March, but increased by 2.2% from April 2012.  Public sector employment grew 0.9% from March and was up 2.6% from April 2012.  Total private sector employment in April was 11,272,500; self-employment was 2,724,500; and public sector employment was 3,657,400.