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Labour Market - July 2020

Atlantic Labour Market Recovery Slowing
based on Labour Force Survey, July 2020

  • Today’s job report shows the economic recovery is continuing, but at a slower pace. Atlantic Canada gained 7,000 jobs in July, following the increase of 97,000 in May and June.
  • There are still 67,500 (6%) fewer Atlantic Canadians working in July than in February. 
  • Atlantic Canada has recovered 61% of the 171,000 jobs lost in March and April. This is a faster rebound than nationally (55% job recovery). New Brunswick leads the country on this measure, with a 75% recovery of jobs lost.
  • Hours worked have also rebounded and are now down 9% year-over-year in July.  This is an improvement from April, when hours were down 20%.
  • Several groups including women (especially those with children), youth and those in lower paying jobs continue to lag the recovery in employment.  








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