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Construction industry loses 21,300 jobs in October, led by declines in Quebec, Ontario

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November 8, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Construction employment fell in five provinces through October, according to the latest Labour Force Survey

A loss of 21,300 construction jobs in October pushed overall employment in the industry down to about 1.46 million, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada — translating to a construction labour market that’s only marginally ahead of where it was 12 months ago.

The seasonally adjusted figures compare with a solid gain a month earlier
and to the overall Canadian economy holding steady with a statistically insignificant loss of 1,800 jobs across all industries.

Construction employment fell in five provinces through October, Statistics Canada said, with Quebec and Ontario the largest contributors to the 1.4 per cent decline in jobs.

Year-over-year, 17,400, or 1.2 per cent more people were employed in construction in October than in the same month last year.

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