Construction employment up in April
By Andrew SnookConstruction Skills Development
According to Statistics Canada’s most recent labour force survey, employment in the construction sector climbed by 25,000 in April, to lead a gain of 58,000 jobs in Canada last month.
Over the past 12 months, employment within the construction industry jumped 3.5 per cent, with significant growth since January 2012.
The majority of the 58,000 positions gained were full time, fuelled by increases throughout the goods sector – including construction, manufacturing, natural resources and agriculture.
The overall increase marked the second consecutive month of significant gains following four months of little change.
There were more people looking for work in April, raising the unemployment rate by 0.1 per cent to 7.3 per cent.
Canada’s employment levels over the past 12 months increased by 1.2 per cent, or 214,000 jobs.
In April, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island experienced increases in employment levels, while levels in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Manitoba experienced little change.
Employment for people aged 25 to 54, and 55 and over, increased while employment for youth remained relatively unchanged.
To view the entire Labour Force Survey report for April 2012, click here.
Source: Statistics Canada