July 6, 2012 by Andrew Snook
According to Statistics Canada’s recent labour force survey, the construction sector experienced little change in employment levels, down approximately 3,000 jobs, or 0.2 per cent, in June.
Despite the decline, employment in the construction sector over the 12-month period was up 0.5 per cent, or approximately 6,400 jobs.
Overall employment across the country experienced little change for the second straight month, with the unemployment rate down 0.1 per cent to 7.2 per cent, due to less people looking for work.
Over the 12-month period, employment was up 1.0 per cent or 181,000 jobs, with full-time positions up 1.6 per cent or 220,000.
The largest gains in employment for the month of June were experienced in the business, building and other support services (24,000), health care and social assistance (20,000) and educational services (19,000).
Employment levels for the month of June were down 31,000 in information, culture and recreation; and down 20,000 in the agricultural sector.
Employment levels in the natural resources sector were unchanged in June; however, the sector experienced the largest growth rate for any industry over the 12-month period, up 10.9 per cent.
The fastest levels of employment growth over the 12-month period from province to province were experienced by Newfoundland and Labrador (4.0 per cent), Alberta (2.7 per cent), B.C. (2.3 per cent) and Saskatchewan (2.1 per cent).
Employment in Ontario increased 20,000 in June with the employment rate sitting at 7.7 per cent. The province experienced little change in employment levels over the 12-month period.
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Source: Statistics Canada.