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Highlights part 2

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The title of the infographic is "Highlights part 2"

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Employment increases in most provinces in July

All provinces experienced unprecedented employment losses from February to April, as public health restrictions took effect. By June, employment in all provinces had begun to recover towards pre-COVID February levels. In July, employment increased in all but one province. Employment in New Brunswick was unchanged in July but was at 96.6% of its pre-COVID February level, the most complete employment recovery of all provinces.

Monthly employment growth in services sector brings cumulative recovery to same level as goods-producing sector

By mid-April, notable employment losses were seen across both goods- and services-producing industries. In May, the initial recovery of employment was faster in the goods-producing sector. In June, gains were widespread across all industries. In July, employment increased more strongly in the services-producing sector (+348,000; +2.5%) than in the goods-producing sector (+71,000; +1.9%). With gains in July, employment in the services sector was at 93.0% of its pre-COVID February level, essentially the same degree of recovery as in the goods-producing sector (93.1%).

Employment continues to lag among youth, students, and low-wage workers

From February to April, employment among youth decreased by over one-third (-34.2%; -873,000). Youth employment rose 6.9% (+135,000) in July, mainly the result of increases among young women. By July, youth employment was 17.4% less than in February (-445,000), including 17.9% less for young women and 16.9% less for young men.

In June, employment among returning students improved from May but was still down 23.0% compared with June 2019, and their unemployment rate was 33.1%. In July, employment among returning students aged 15 to 24 was down 172,000 (-12.8%) on a year-over-year basis and their unemployment rate was 27.6%.

From February to April, employment among low-wage employees fell by 38.1%, compared with a decline of 12.7% for all other paid employees (not adjusted for seasonality). In July, employment increased faster (+8.3%; +213,000) among low-wage employees than among other employees (+0.8%; +98,000) (not adjusted for seasonality). Employment relative to February levels remained lower for low-wage employees (85.4%) than for all other paid employees (97.4%) (not adjusted for seasonality).

Source(s): Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey.

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