New data from Statistics Canada proves that jobs are growing in supply across the country with a whopping 320,000 people gaining employment between December of 2018 and December of 2019.
Full-time work, in particular, went up by about 1.9 per cent over the past 12 months, which also saw unemployment rates decline in Canada to 5.4 per cent at one point — a record low, according to StatsCan, “since comparable data became available in January 1976.”
Sure, we saw some dips — such as the one in November, when Canada dropped roughly 71,000 jobs — but overall, Canada saw faster job growth in 2019 than it did the year previous.
A year-end review section included in the government agency’s Labour Force Survey for December 2019 points out several noticeable trends observed since the same time one year earlier.
Youth and older men
Youth and older men, for example, gained more jobs than any other demographics in 2019, while the service-producing sector added more new jobs than the goods-producing sector (as one might expect given the decline of manufacturing positions across the country.)
Perhaps most interesting is that some 76 per cent of all jobs gained in Canada last year were found in Ontario.
“Compared with December 2018, employment in Ontario increased 243,000 (+3.3 per cent), the largest year-over-year increase for the month of December since 1987,” wrote Statistics Canada.
“Employment gains were mostly in full-time work (+227,000 or +3.8 per cent). There were increases in a number of industries, including professional, scientific and technical services, as well as health care and social assistance.”
In both Quebec and Nova Scotia, employment increased by about 1.5 per cent, year over year.
New Brunswick saw about 5,000 new jobs added (1.4 per cent), many of them filled by people aged 55 and over, while PEI saw employment growth of 4,600 jobs. At 6.1 per cent, that’s the largest year-over-year increase for the Canada’s smallest province on record.
The number of people employed in Newfoundland and Labrador went down 2.6 per cent between December of 2018 and December of 2019 with roughly 5,900 jobs lost near the end of the survey period.
British Columbia “was little changed in the 12 months to December 2019, following four consecutive years of gains,” notes StatsCan. “The unemployment rate increased 0.4 percentage points to 4.8%, but remained the lowest among the provinces.”
The prarie provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan all saw relatively flat employement numbers, with full-time jobs declining as part-time work opportunities rise.
For those thinking about making a career change, Canada saw the most job increases throughout 2019 in “professional, scientific and technical services” with 86,000 new positions added. Mostly in Ontario.