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Fri Jul 8, 2022, 08:56 AM

Canada Jobless Rate Hits Record Low on Labor Force Exodus

Source: Bloomberg

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Canada Jobless Rate Hits Record Low on Labor Force Exodus

-- Labor force declines by nearly 100,000 on voluntary exits

-- Wage growth accelerates, adding to inflation pressures

By Theophilos Argitis
July 8, 2022, 8:30 AM EDT

Canada’s jobs market showed signs of extreme tightening last month, with the unemployment rate falling to a record low, wage gains accelerating and large numbers of Canadians dropping out of the labor force.

The economy shed 43,200 jobs in June, Statistics Canada reported Friday in Ottawa, a surprise negative reading compared to the 22,500 gain anticipated by economists. But the drop appears to reflect the voluntary exit of workers from the labor force, which dropped by nearly 100,000 in June -- the biggest one-month decline on record outside of the pandemic.

The drop in the number of workers pushed down the jobless rate to 4.9%, a low in data going back to 1976. ... Reflecting the dearth of workers, the average hourly wage rate shot up 5.2% from a year ago, an acceleration from 3.9% in May. ... The numbers illustrate the extent to which the nation’s labor market has run up against maximum employment, and will struggle to grow further without continuing to fuel wage gains. The imbalance between demand and supply of jobs is a primary reason why the Bank of Canada is tightening monetary policy so aggressively.

More highlights:

-- Wage growth for permanent workers -- a key gauge for the Bank of Canada -- rose to 5.6% in June, from 4.5% in May
-- The decline was all self-employed workers, with their numbers falling by 59,200. Losses were concentrated in the retail and wholesale sectors
-- Part-time employment levels fell by 39,100, while the number of full-time jobs were down by 4,000
-- The decline in both employment and labor force were led by youth, and older workers
-- Participation rate fell to 64.9% in June, from 65.3% previous. Hours worked rose 1.3% last month, the first gain since March

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Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-07-08/canada-jobless-rate-hits-new-record-low-on-labor-force-exodus



Canada does this too, eh?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Jul 8, 2022, 09:32 AM

1. Is that a new set of data to follow?



You do have some tariffs on Canadian imports starting to ease - https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142939986

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 8, 2022, 09:36 AM

2. I hope not. I mean naught. NT

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 8, 2022, 09:41 AM

3. LOL

Touché!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Jul 8, 2022, 11:53 AM

4. Wage growth does not lead to inflation.

Look at all the states that raised their minimum wages above the measly $7 the federal government allows. They raised those wages long before the pandemic. There was no inflation back then.......

There are 30 states with higher minimum wages then the US federal government allows and most of them were raise by 2009.

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