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[Update] Quebec City region: #1 in Canada in July for job creation

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Highlights

  • Statistics Canada released this morning a correction of its July data on the Labour Force Survey.
  • The Quebec City census metropolitan area (CMA) led the Canadian field in job creation, adding 5,100 positions from June to July.
  • The region posted a total of 430,700 jobs in July, ending a three-month decline.
  • The workforce expansion (+1.5%) outpaced the increase in the employment rate (+1.2%). As a result, unemployment rose from 5.4% in June to 5.7% in July, still one of the lowest rates in Canada.
  • In the province of Quebec, the labour market grew by 1,900 jobs from June to July, although unemployment held steady at 8.1%.

Commentary

Statistics Canada released this morning a correction of its July data on the Labour Force Survey. This review confirms that the Quebec City CMA recorded the strongest job creation in Canada, 5,100 more compared to June. Quebec did better than Calgary (+3,600) and Ottawa (+3,100). In addition, after the region posted a total of 430,700 jobs last month, the April-to-June slowdown appears to be a thing of the past.

The local labour market benefited from an improved hiring outlook in the services sector last month, with the production services and consumer components being the most active. Although the services sector as a whole has been up and down since the beginning of the year, its contribution remains considerable as it accounts for over 86% of the region's jobs. Spurred on by the US recovery and efforts to develop new international markets, the manufacturing sector also offers bright prospects for job seekers. In the construction industry, however, there are fewer new positions due to the residential market slowdown.

The robust performance in July serves as a reminder that the demand for labour remains high and diversified in the Quebec City region. New job seekers are also being attracted: the workforce expanded in July, boosting unemployment to 5.7%. In addition, Emploi-Québec recently announced that the Quebec City metropolitan area will need to fill 74,400 jobs (new positions plus retiree replacements) by 2017.

Louis Gagnon
Senior Economist
Québec International

 
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