Canadian employment returns to pre-pandemic level, adds 157,100 jobs in September

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October 08, 2021 — Canadian employment in September returned to its February 2020 level, Statistics Canada reported today. The country added 157,100 jobs in September, bringing total employment to more than 19.1 million.

The gain was all in full-time jobs, which rose by 193,600. The number of part-time jobs had fallen by 36,500.

Also, Canada’s unemployment rate fell to 6.9% in September from 7.1% in August.

Statistics Canada also reported the labor force participation rate was 65.5% in September, matching the rate in February 2020.

The numbers of public- and private-sector employees were at or above February 2020 levels in September while self-employment remained 241,000 below its pre-pandemic level, according to the agency. Canada added 98,400 private-sector jobs in September and 78,000 public-sector jobs while the number of self-employed fell by 19,300.

Looking at just Ontario, the number of jobs rose by 73,600 to a total of nearly 7.5 million. The province gained 135,500 full-time jobs but lost 61,900 part-time jobs. Ontario’s unemployment rate fell to 7.3% in September from 7.6% in August.

Statistics Canada noted several provinces had introduced, or planned to introduce, proof-of-vaccination requirements to enter public venues such as restaurants, bars and gyms. And masking requirements in indoor space were reintroduced in some regions.

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