Statistics Canada October Labour Force Snapshot: Unemployment Dips Slightly to 8.9%

By on November 6, 2020 at 11:24am

According to the October Labour Force Survey Report from Statistics Canada, employment rose by 83,600 (+0.5 per cent) in October, while the unemployment rate was 8.9 per cent.

This month’s report reflects several provinces tightening public health measures in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Unlike the widespread economic shutdown implemented in March and April, these measures were targeted at businesses where the risk of COVID transmission is thought to be greater, including indoor restaurants and bars and recreational facilities.

Employment growth stalled in transportation and warehousing, and in construction, while it resumed in retail trade. It also exceeded pre-COVID levels for three industries: wholesale trade, professional, scientific and technical services; and educational services.

What employers need to know

Over the past several months, remote work arrangements have become more common and even essential for some businesses. Research from Robert Half shows that 44 per cent of senior managers said their organization has hired full-time or temporary staff remotely since the pandemic began.

One advantage of hiring remotely is that your talent search isn’t limited to your local area. In our survey, 55 per cent of managers who have hired remote workers said they expanded their search geographically to access a wider candidate pool. 

No matter how wide you cast your net, though, your business is likely to face competition for top professionals. Working with a specialized staffing firm like Robert Half can help you move quickly to find candidates whose skills and experience align with the requirements for the open role, whether it’s a full-time or interim position. We have millions of candidates in our database, and virtual workspaces that enable remote workers to access your data and systems securely.

Here are additional resources that can help you hire and manage remote workers:

What job seekers need to know

A growing number of businesses that shifted to remote work because of the COVID-19 crisis are looking at all-remote or hybrid work arrangements for the long term. Not only have they found remote work efficient, cost-effective, and productive, but many of their employees have also discovered they prefer working remotely. 

Being open to remote work can benefit you as a job seeker. For one thing, it allows you to pursue opportunities outside of your immediate area. It might even help you get hired faster. It’s often easier for companies to conduct video interviews and move the hiring process along more quickly than in the past when the vast majority of interviews took place in person. 

If you’re unsure about becoming a remote worker, consider giving the arrangement a test-drive. A specialized staffing firm like Robert Half can help you find remote jobs on an interim basis. If you’re confident you want to work remotely full-time, we can help you find those opportunities, too. And, if you’re set on applying for positions that are on site only, our staffing professionals can help you connect with employers hiring for those types of roles.

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