Atlantic Labour Market Impacts of COVID-19
based on Labour Force Survey, April 2020
Today’s job numbers for April show a loss of 171,000 Atlantic jobs since February. While employment has declined 15%, hours worked are down 26%. Meanwhile the labour force has shrunk and unemployment risen.
- Atlantic Canada’s employment fell by 171,000 since February including a historic drop of 123,000 in April. The region lost more than 15% of jobs over the last two months. This was marginally smaller than the 16% decline nationally over the same period.
- The decline in hours worked in Atlantic Canada was larger than the drop in employment, down 26% between February and April, compared with a 28% decline nationally.
- A majority of Atlantic job losses (119,000) were in full-time employment. However, the 27% decline in part-time employment was double the 13% drop in full-time jobs.
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