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Construction employment down in August

By On-Site staff   

Construction Skills Development

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, employment within the construction sector was down 3.4 per cent, or 44,000 jobs, in the month of August when compared to July.

Construction employment over the 12-month period was also down, experiencing a 2.4-per cent decline, or 30,400 positions in August 2012 when compared to August 2011.

Overall employment was up 34,000 in August, fuelled mostly by part-time work, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 7.3 per cent.

Employment across the country was up 1.0 per cent, or 177,000 on a year-over-year basis with most of the new positions full-time.


The provinces of Quebec, B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba experienced increases in employment, while Ontario, P.E.I. experienced declines.

The other provinces experienced little change in employment.

To view the full report, click here.

Source: Statistics Canada.


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