According to the April Labour Force Survey Report from Statistics Canada, employment decreased by 207,100 in April while the unemployment rate rose to 8.1 per cent following cumulative employment gains of 562,000 over the previous two months.
This month’s report reflects labour market conditions during the week of April 11 to 17, following the tightening of public health measures in several provinces in late March and early April.
As public health measures were tightened, the number of Canadians working from home who worked at least half of their usual hours once again increased, by 100,000, to 5.1 million, including 3.1 million who usually work at locations other than home.
Total hours worked fell 2.7 per cent in April, driven by declines in educational services, accommodation and food services, as well as retail trade. Employment fell in several industries directly impacted by public health restrictions, namely retail trade (-84,000); accommodation and food services (-59,000); and information, culture and recreation (-26,000). It also increased in public administration (+15,000); professional, scientific and technical services (+15,000); and finance, insurance and real estate (+15,000), three industries where many activities can be performed remotely.
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