COVID-19 and the labour market in May 2020

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COVID-19 and the labour market in May 2020

Between February and April…5.5 million Canadians were impacted by COVID-19 – including 3 million people who lost their jobs and 2.5 million who lost work hours

In May, most provinces began easing COVID-19 restrictions. Compared with April, in May...

  • 290,000 more people had jobs, up almost 2%
  • 292,000 fewer people were absent from work for COVID-related reasons, down 9%
  • 201,000 more people were unemployed, up 8%
  • 130,000 fewer people wanted a job but didn’t look for one, down 8.5%

Employment declines stop in May
Table summary
This table displays the results of Employment declines stop in May Employment (thousands) (appearing as column headers).
Employment (thousands)
2016
May 18,052.20
June 18,057.20
July 18,044.50
August 18,088.90
September 18,147.40
October 18,181.40
November 18,164.80
December 18,193.90
2017
January 18,276.40
February 18,289.80
March 18,306.10
April 18,323.10
May 18,372.40
June 18,414.60
July 18,438.80
August 18,474.90
September 18,467.40
October 18,496.80
November 18,560.50
December 18,625.30
2018
January 18,551.40
February 18,559.40
March 18,601.40
April 18,595.20
May 18,590.30
June 18,630.00
July 18,690.50
August 18,640.50
September 18,699.40
October 18,715.40
November 18,815.00
December 18,824.70
2019
January 18,891.40
February 18,944.10
March 18,943.90
April 19,041.60
May 19,050.40
June 19,051.20
July 19,037.90
August 19,113.30
September 19,154.90
October 19,151.70
November 19,097.30
December 19,124.60
2020
January 19,159.10
February 19,189.40
March 18,178.70
April 16,184.90
May 16,474.50

Easing of COVID-19 restrictions sees most provinces regaining jobs
Table summary
This table displays the results of Easing of COVID-19 restrictions sees most provinces regaining jobs Employment change (%) (appearing as column headers).
Employment change (%)
from February to April from April to May
Canada -15.7 1.8
Newfoundland and Labrador -15.7 5.3
Prince Edward Island -14.0 3.8
Nova Scotia -16.0 2.2
New Brunswick -13.7 5.4
Quebec -18.7 6.5
Ontario -14.5 -1.0
Manitoba -13.5 2.3
Saskatchewan -12.7 0.1
Alberta -15.5 1.4
British Columbia -15.6 2.0

Uneven employment recovery
Table summary
This table displays the results of Uneven employment recovery Employment change (%) (appearing as column headers).
Employment change (%)
from February to April from April to May
Men -14.6 2.4
Youth (15 to 24 years) -30.5 2.9
Core working age (25 to 54 years) -12.0 1.7
Older workers (55 and older) -13.0 4.2
Women -16.9 1.1
Youth (15 to 24 years) -37.9 0.4
Core working age (25 to 54 years) -13.2 1.4
Older workers (55 and older) -14.2 0.4

Lower-wageNote 1 jobs most affected

In March and April, employment in lower-wage jobs dropped by 38%, compared with 13% for all other paid employees

In May, employment in lower-wage jobs increased by almost 7% compared to 4% for all other paid employees

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey.


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