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Employment in Canada rose by 952,900 jobs in June compared to May to a total of nearly 17.5 million jobs, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by Statistics Canada. Employment decreased by 3 million from February to April as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, then recovery began with an increase of about 290,000 jobs in May.

June’s increase reflects a gain of 488,100 full-time jobs and 454,800 part-time jobs. In addition, the unemployment rate fell to 12.3% from a record-high of 13.7% in May.

The number of Canadians who were employed but worked less than half their usual hours for reasons likely related to Covid-19 dropped by about 823,000 in June. Combined with declines recorded in May, absences from work reached 1.4 million above pre-Covid levels.

The goods-producing sector added 158,600 jobs in June and the services-producing sector added 794,400 positions.

In addition, the public sector added 74,500 jobs in June while number of private-sector jobs rose by 867,300 and self-employed positions rose by 11,100.

Ontario added 377,900 jobs in June, and its unemployment rate fell to 12.2% from 13.6%.

June results reflect labor market conditions as of the week of June 14 to June 20. By then, public health restrictions had been substantially eased in most parts of the country. Tighter restrictions remained in place in much of southwestern Ontario, including Toronto. As businesses and workplaces continued to re-open across the country, physical distancing and other requirements remained in place. Likewise, large gatherings continued to be limited.

“This gradual easing of restrictions and the re-opening of the economy continued to present both opportunities and challenges for employers and workers,” Statistics Canada stated. “Employers continued to adapt workplaces to ensure the health and safety of workers, customers and the public.”

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