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Public sector drives employment growth in October; Ontario gives manufacturing employment a lift

Published by Brad Fougere on November 06, 2015

Manufacturing employment in Canada rose for the second straight month in October, adding 6,500 new jobs – good for a month-over-month growth rate of 0.4 per cent. In spite of those gains, the unemployment rate in manufacturing jumped from 4.5 per cent to 5.1 per cent, as the sector was unable to absorb a significant influx of new workers. Nevertheless, the growing labour pool in manufacturing is welcome news for employers struggling to find workers to fill positions.

Highlights from the Labour Force Survey Analysis – October 2015:

  • Canadian manufacturers have added 12,400 jobs since last December.
  • In Ontario, 10,800 new jobs were created in October, making up for comparable losses in September. Manufacturing employment was also up strongly all across Atlantic Canada last month, as well as in Saskatchewan.
  • However, the situation was worse in Quebec, where manufacturing employment fell by 5,800, offsetting a nearly identical spike in employment the previous month.
  • Alberta has lost 9,300 manufacturing jobs since December, meaning that in all other provinces, manufacturers have added nearly 22,000 jobs.


CME's Director of Policy and Economics Mike Holden's Labour Force Survey Analysis – October 2015 report is available along with analysis on GDP, trade and manufacturing sales data at our Economic Dashboard.

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