Labour Force Survey, August 2014, published September 5

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Employment in August was down 0.1% from July. The unemployment rate was 7.0%, unchanged from July.  Construction employment was up 1.9% from July while  manufacturing employment fell 0.6% from a month earlier.

In August, employment stood at 17.9 million, up 0.5% from August 2013.  Full-time employment fell by 2,300 from July, while part-time employment decreased by 8,700 from the previous month.  Full-time employment was up by 15,300 from August 2013, while part-time increased by 66,000 over the same period.

Employment over the past year grew in eight provinces.  Alberta (+1.76%),  Saskatchewan (+1.5%) and New Brunswick (+0.9%) led the way.  The employment growth rate in Quebec was  up (+0.5%) from a year earlier while Ontario’s annualized growth rate was 0.2%.   Employment from a year earlier was down in Newfoundland and Labrador (-3.4%) followed by Nova Scotia (-2.0%).

Total employment gains of 14,000 have occurred in Ontario since August 2013.  Its unemployment rate was 7.4% in August, down from 7.5% in July.  Quebec’s total employment increase since August 2013 was 20,200.  Its unemployment rate in August was 7.7%, down from 8.1% in July.

Since August 2013, employment in the goods-producing sector has decreased by 2.0% and in the services-producing sector it has grown by 1.2%.

The construction industry gained 24,400 jobs in August over July bringing total construction employment to 1,322,700, which is a decrease of 26,300 construction jobs (-1.9%) from August 2013.

Total manufacturing employment was down 11,000 from July to 1,712,400 jobs.  That was a loss of 29,600 positions (-1.7%) since August 2013.

The number of people working in retail and wholesale trade was down 1,800 in August from July and totaled 2,713,300.  That was a loss of 0.1% from August 2013.

Employment among adult women, aged 25 and over, was down 10,500 in August 2014 over  August 2013 and decreased by 25,000 from July.  Employment among adult men was up 94,100 in August 2014 over August 2013 and grew by 33,600 from July.  Employment among youths (15-24 years of age) was down by 2,100 since August 2013, and fell by 19,500 from July.

In August, private sector employment was down 111,800 from July, and was unchanged from August 2013.  Self-employment was up 86,900 in August over July, and increased by 0.3% from August 2013.  Public sector employment was up 0.4% in August from July and increased 2.1% from August 2013.  Total private sector employment in August was 11,420,800; self-employment was 2,754,700; and public sector employment was 3,676,000.