Construction labour pressures ease in November, with notable growth among women

Data from Statistics Canada’s November Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows employment pressures gradually easing across the country as the year draws to a close.

National, all-industry employment grew by 0.1% for the month, adding 25,000 workers. November marked the second consecutive month in which employment gains have been muted. Meanwhile, the national employment rate, which is the proportion of the working-age population that is employed, fell by 0.1 percentage points for the month. Both occurred as the labour force grew by 0.2%, or 78,000 people.

As a function of these trends, the national, all-industry unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 5.8% in November. Since April, it has risen by a total of 0.8 percentage points, with increases most pronounced among youth.

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