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Atlantic Labour Market Impacts of COVID-19

Date: May 8, 2020

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.

Read APEC's full analysis here. 


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