Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey

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Statistics Canada published its Labour Force Survey for March 2014, indicating an uptick in youth employment and an overall growth in jobs across all industries throughout the country.

Employment increased by 43,000 in March, driven by gains among youths. The unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage points to 6.9%. Overall employment growth in Canada has been subdued since August 2013.

Compared with March 2013, the number of people working rose by 190,000. Over this 12-month period, employment and the number of hours worked grew at the same pace, that is 1.1%.

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In March, employment rose by 33,000 among youths aged 15 to 24, while it was little changed for the other demographic groups.

Provincially, employment increased in British Columbia and New Brunswick, edged up in Quebec and fell in Nova Scotia.

There were more people working in health care and social assistance, and in business, building and other support services. At the same time, employment fell in agriculture.

Public sector employment increased in March while the number of private sector employees and self-employed was unchanged.

Read the full report here.

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