Canada’s employment rose by 90,000 in August and the months prior. These gains from earlier this year helped bring Canada back to just 156 short employees away from pre-pandemic levels – a sign that progress is being made as the pandemic slowly eases out of our society.
Canada’s infrastructure has been in a state of flux ever since the pandemic hit. The situation is nowhere near resolved, but some progress has been made. This week saw an important milestone: for the first time since March 2020, U.S.-bound tourists could once again enter Canada without restrictions thanks to their vaccination status, with American health officials being able to welcome them back as well.
In the past few months, employment has been on an upward trend. The information and culture industry saw some of the most significant gains with a 4% increase in workers, which is good news for those looking to get back into their careers or learn more about what they’re interested in. There also seems that people are returning from retirement; Ontario showed significant increases while other provinces were little changed over last year’s data.
Unemployment in Canada has been on a steady decline throughout 2015, and it looks like this trend will continue into the near future. In August, unemployment was at its lowest rate since before pandemic onset, with 7%. However, visible minorities still suffered from higher levels than we saw during pre-pandemic periods, which are 120% more likely to experience long-term joblessness.