Labour Force Survey, May 2014, published June 6

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Employment in May was up 0.1% from April. The unemployment rate was 7.0%, up from 6.9% in April.  Construction employment was up 0.3% from April whikoe  manufacturing employment was down 0.7% from a month earlier.

In May, employment stood at 17.8 million, up 0.5% from May 2013.  Full-time employment fell by 29,100 from April, while part-time employment increased by 54,900 from the previous month.  Full-time employment was down by 26,700 from May 2013, while part-time increased by 112,200 over the same period.

Employment over the past year grew in four provinces.  Alberta (+3.2%),  Saskatchewan (+2.1%) and Ontario (+0.6%) led the way.  The employment growth rate in Quebec was  -0.6%.   Employment from a year earlier was down most in Newfoundland and Labrador (-3.8%) followed by Nova Scotia (-1.9%) and Prince Edward Island (-1.3%).

Total employment gains of 39,400 have occurred in Ontario since May 2013.  Its unemployment rate was 7.3% in May, down from 7.4% in April.  Quebec’s total employment decrease since May 2013 was 24,700.  Its unemployment rate in May was 8.0%, up from 7.6% in April.

Since May 2013, employment in the goods-producing sector has decreased by 0.9% and in the services-producing sector it has grown by 0.9 %.

The construction industry gained 4,500 jobs in May over April bringing total construction employment to 1,305,300, which is a decrease of 39,5000 construction jobs (-2.9%) from May 2013.

Total manufacturing employment was down 12,200 from April to 1,721,500 jobs.  That was a loss of 5,100 positions (-0.3%) since May 2013.

The number of people working in retail and wholesale trade was up 16,500 in May from April and totaled 2,723,100.  That was a gain of 0.5% from May 2013.

Employment among adult women, aged 25 and over, was up 34,900 in May 2014 over May 2013 but decreased by 5,200 from April.  Employment among adult men was up 53,300 in May 2014 over May 2013 but fell by 17,700 from April.  Employment among youths (15-24 years of age) was down by 2,700 since May 2013, but grew by 48,600 from April.

In May, private sector employment was up 24,700 from April, and increased 1.1% from May 2013.  Self-employment was down 40,400 in May over April, and decreased by 1.2% from May 2013.  Public sector employment was up 1.2% in May from April but decreased 0.3% from May 2013.  Total private sector employment in May was 11,499,000; self-employment was 2,681,400; and public sector employment was 3,649,700.