Que­bec Em­ploy­ment stable in 2018

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS -

Em­ploy­ment in Que­bec grew only marginally in the fi­nal month of 2018 com­pared with Novem­ber with the em­ploy­ment rate at 5.5 per cent, an in­crease of 0.1 per­cent­age point. This is the con­clu­sion of an anal­y­sis of data by the Que­bec In­sti­tute of Statis­tics, re­leased Fri­day, based on the re­sults of Statis­tics Canada's La­bor Force Sur­vey.

Both full-time and part-time em­ploy­ment re­mains stable. Em­ploy­ment is de­creas­ing in the pri­vate sec­tor, (with 15,800 fewer jobs), re­main­ing stable in the pub­lic sec­tor ( with only 500 new jobs) and in­creas­ing among the self-em­ployed (19,000 new jobs). The par­tic­i­pa­tion rate rose to 64.6 per cent (+0.1 point), and the em­ploy­ment rate re­mained un­changed at 61.0 per cent in De­cem­ber.

In Canada, em­ploy­ment re­mains stable (+ 9,300 po­si­tions). On­tario (+17,600) posted the largest in­crease in em­ploy­ment and Al­berta, the largest de­cline (16,900). The Cana­dian un­em­ploy­ment rate re­mains un­changed at 5.6 per cent in De­cem­ber.

Em­ploy­ment in Que­bec in 2018

In the year 2018, Québec posted an in­crease of 38,900 jobs (+ 0.9%) com­pared to the same pe­riod the pre­vi­ous year. Dur­ing this pe­riod, full-time em­ploy­ment in­creased by 61,300, while part­time em­ploy­ment de­creased by 22,300.

For the full year of 2018, the un­em­ploy­ment rate in Que­bec av­er­aged 5.5%.

Statis­tics Canada will pub­lish its fi­nal data on em­ploy­ment in 2018 at the end of Jan­uary. Con­se­quently, in Fe­bru­ary, the Que­bec In­sti­tute of Statis­tics will pub­lish a com­plete por­trait of the evo­lu­tion of the la­bor mar­ket in Que­bec for the year 2018.

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