The labour market continues to gain strength in the Quebec City CMA. In August, the region added 4,200 jobs compared with July, for a total of 439,600 (and the third monthly increase in a row). Quebec City continued to make up some of the ground lost at the beginning of the year as the jobs numbers returned to their level in February 2016. The region was the #1 performer in Quebec and #2 in Canada last month, just behind Vancouver (+5,200 jobs). Although unemployment ticked upward due to the growth of active workforce, it remains the lowest in the country at 4.7%.
As seen in July, the hiring outlook continued to pick up in the services sector last month. In the construction industry, the demand for labour is stable, although it may gradually rise in the coming months due to the potential announcement of major projects. Manufacturing held steady above 30,000 jobs as the sector adjusts to the ups and downs of the global economy. It should be noted that August was conducive to the creation of full-time jobs, particularly among 25-to-54 year-olds. This age group continues to be in very high demand as unemployment and employment in this category stood at 3.8% and 89.4% in August (non-seasonally adjusted data).