Manitoba’s unemployment rate has climbed to 5.9 per cent after the provincial economy posted a net loss of 1,900 jobs — all of them full-time positions — in April, new Statistics Canada data shows.
In its April Labour Force Survey report released today, the agency said the Manitoba economy actually shed about 3,900 full-time positions during the month. But those losses were offset by a gain of about 1,800 new part-time jobs, leaving a net loss (rounded off) of 1,900 after taking into account that another 400 workers also dropped out of the labour force.
April’s losses followed the disappearance of 2,100 jobs in March. Most of them were part-time positions.
Manitoba’s job-creation numbers for the past year also weren’t encouraging. They showed a net loss of 200 jobs, all of them part-time, between April of last year and April of this year.
Nationally, the Canadian economy unexpectedly lost 28,900 net jobs in April, suffering its biggest employment drop since December 2013.
Statistics Canada said the national unemployment rate remained at 6.9 per cent for the second straight month, suggesting that some Canadians had given up looking for work.
Economists had anticipated an increase of 12,000 jobs for April, according to Thomson Reuters. The last time the Canadian economy saw such a drop was December 2013, when it lost 44,000 jobs.
The April job losses follow a gain of 42,900 net new jobs in March, which means 14,000 jobs were added over the two-month period.
The report also showed that 30,900 full-time jobs were lost in April, compared with the addition of 2,000 positions in part-time employment.
The Statistics Canada data says the employment drop struck Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island.
The report found there were 27,100 fewer jobs held by young Canadians aged 15-24, while the youth unemployment rate stayed put at 13.4 per cent.
— Staff/Canadian Press