Healthcare and social assistance employment grew by 0.6% (15,000) during this same period and was up 1.7% (44,000) on a year-by-year basis. These figures suggest that Canada’s job market is becoming increasingly diversified and that there are more opportunities available for those looking for work in certain industries.
Public administration registered an employment increase of (+10,000, +0.9%) which was a 7.7% increase from a year earlier. The latest numbers from Labor Force Survey show that employment rose in many industries across the country, with jobs concentrated in Ontario (+7,600; +1.7%) and New Brunswick (+1,500; +4.3%).
However, there were declines in some sectors such as business, building, and other support services (-11,000; -1.5%). Ontario experienced most of the decline at (-16,000, -5.3%).
Employment remained steady in wholesale and retail trade and construction.
Employment Trends by Province and Territory
Data from Labor Force Survey shows that the employment rate rose in four regions and declined in one. Prince Edward Island registered a growth of 2.0% (+1,700) and a (+2,400) in full-time employment in February. This marks the second increase in the previous three months.
Newfoundland and Labrador registered a growth of 1.6% (+3,800) in employment in February while the unemployment rate fell 1.9 (+2,400).
New Brunswick registered a growth of 1.3% (+5,100) and a 5% year-by-year increase in employment in February. This marked the second increase in the previous three months for the province.
Manitoba registered a growth of 0.7% (4,900) in February largely resulting from full-time employment. This marked the first noticeable change in the previous three months.
Nova Scotia, on the other hand, recorded an employment decline (-4,700; -0.9%) in February. This decline took the unemployment rate up to 5.7%.
The other provinces did not record a noticeable change in the employment rate.