Labour Force Survey, May 2015, published June 5

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Employment in May increased by 58900 from April. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.8%.  Construction employment was down 0.3% from April while manufacturing employment grew by 1.3% from a month earlier.

In May, employment stood at 18.0 million, up 1.1% from May 2014.  Full-time employment grew by 30,900 from April, while part-time employment increased by 27,900 from the previous month.  Full-time employment was up by 233,000 from May 2014, while part-time dropped by 40,700 over the same period.

Employment over the past year grew in seven provinces.  Manitoba (+2.3%),  Alberta (+1.7%)  and  Quebec (+1.7%) led the way.  The employment growth rate in Ontario was  +0.8%.   Employment from a year earlier was down most in Prince Edward Island
(-1.6%), followed by Newfoundland and Labrador (-1.0%) and (New Brunswick (-0.1%).

Total employment gains of 53,000 have occurred in Ontario since May 2014.  Its unemployment rate was 6.5% in May, down from 6.8% in April.  Quebec’s total employment increase since May 2014 was 70,200.  Its unemployment rate in May was 7.6%, up from 7.4%  in April.

Since May 2014, employment in the goods-producing sector was up 0.2% and in the services-producing sector grew by 1.3%.

The construction industry lost 4,700 jobs in May over April bringing total construction employment to 1,363,500, which is an increase of 14,900 construction job (+1.1%) from May 2014.  Total manufacturing employment was up 21,500 from April to 1,720,200 jobs.  That was a gain of 17,300 positions (+1.0%) since May 2014.

The number of people working in retail and wholesale trade was up 16,800 in May from April and totaled 2,739,800.  That was a gain of 0.4% from May 2014.

Employment among adult women, aged 25 and over, was up 64,700 in May 2015 over May 2014 and increased by 13,200 from April.  Their unemployment rate was 5.2%.  Employment among adult men was up 116,100 in May 2015 over May 2014 and grew by 33,700 from April.  Their unemployment rate was 6.1%.  Employment among youths (15-24 years of age) was up by 11,500 since May 2014, and increased by 11,900 from April.  Their unemployment rate was 13.2%.

In May, private sector employment was up 56,800 from April and grew by 118,000 from May 2014.  Self-employment increased by 21,100 in May over April, and increased 32,500 from May 2014.  Public sector employment was down 0.5% in May from April but grew by 1.2% from May 2014.  Total private sector employment in May was 11,637,300; self-employment was 2,749,900; and public sector employment was 3,566,500.