Employment in Canada continues to rise

The employment increase was driven by gains in full-time work which was spread across several industries led by wholesale and retail trade. Employment gains were driven by increases for women in each of the 3 main age groups categories (25 to 54 rose by +63K). Employment for men was little changed.

Employment in the services-producing sector rose by 81,000 (+0.5%) in May, with gains spread across several industries.

  • accommodation and food services (+20,000; +1.9%) for a second consecutive month, consistent with increases in both GDP in the industry (+10.9%) and food services sales (+6.5%) in March.
  • The number of people working in professional, scientific and technical services grew by 21,000 (+1.2%) in May, adding to the increase of 15,000 (+0.9%) seen in April, and bringing gains over the first five months of 2022 to 68,000 (+4.0%). A notable proportion of the increase in May in this industry occurred in Alberta (+11,000; +5.5%).
  • educational services (+24,000; +1.6%)
  • Retail trade (+34,000; +1.5%) in May,
  • transportation and warehousing (-25,000; -2.4%)
  • finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing (-19,000; -1.4%)

Overall employment in the goods-producing sector declined by 41,000 (-1.0%) in May

  • Employment in manufacturing fell by 43,000 (-2.4%) in May, erasing gains seen during the fall of 2021 and returning employment in the industry to a level on par with May 2021. Monthly decreases were seen in six provinces, with the largest recorded in British Columbia (-11,000; -5.8%), Ontario (-16,000; -2.0%) and Quebec (-7,700; -1.5%).
  • Employment held steady in construction in May, after falling in April. Employment in the industry had been trending upward from November 2021 to March 2022, and was up 5.3% on a year-over-year basis in May.
  • There were 8,300 (+2.5%) more people working in natural resources in May, the third increase in five months. Gains in May were led by Quebec (+2,100; +4.3%).

Solid report for the jobs in May that keeps the BOC tightening.

The USDCAD moved higher initially but has moved back lower, but that is largely a reflection of the stronger CPI in the US.

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