Canadian unemployment falls to 5.4% in May — a 43-year low

The Canadian economy added 27,700 net new positions in May, as the unemployment rate fell to a record low of 5.4 per cent. Getty Images File

Statistics Canada says the economy added 27,700 jobs in May, while the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since comparable data become available in 1976. The unemployment rate fell to 5.4 per cent compared with 5.7 per cent in April as the number of people looking for work fell sharply.

Economists on average had expected the addition of 8,000 jobs for the month and an unemployment rate of 5.7 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. The better-than-expected increase in the number of jobs follows a record 106,500 jobs that were added in April.

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The increase in jobs was made up entirely of full-time employment as there was no change in the number of part-time jobs. Year-over-year average hourly wage growth for all employees, a key indicator monitored by the Bank of Canada ahead of its interest-rate decisions, 2.8 per cent in May, up from 2.5 per cent in April.


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