The employment rate is on the rise again in Canada, according to data from Statistics Canada’s most recent Labor Force Survey, released earlier this year.
The employment rate increased by 0.3% in December 2021, mainly in the goods sector. More than 123,000 full-time jobs were created, while part-time employment fell by 68,000.
According to the most recent Labor Force Survey from Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate was 5.9% and was little changed from November.
Interesting fact: For the first time, the adjusted unemployment rate — which includes people who wanted a job, but did not look for one — returned to the level seen before the pandemic. It stands at 7.6%.
The number of long-term unemployed also fell by 25,000 last December. This indicator therefore fell for a second consecutive month.
Statistics Canada, however, says its survey data reflects labor market conditions before the emergence of the Omicron variant and the public health measures that followed.
More jobs for men
The employment rate increased mainly among men aged 25 to 54. However, it changed little among women, young people aged 15 to 24 and people aged 55 and over.
Statistics Canada points out that employment increased in Ontario and Saskatchewan, but fell in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
At the national level, the increases were most pronounced in the construction and educational services sectors.
After returning to its pre-COVID-19 level for the first time in November, the number of hours worked remained stable in December.
A recent survey by Randstad Canada also indicates that skills related to customer service will be the most in demand in 2022.
Planning is also an in-demand skill as companies take greater account of the safety and well-being of those employed.
According to Randstad, jobs that can be done remotely or in a hybrid organization are still in high demand. Among them are call center work, software development and accounting.