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Construction jobs market gains again in March, closing in on pre-pandemic level

April 9, 2021   By On-Site Staff

Work slowed or came to a halt on many Canadian projects last spring, prompting layoffs throughout construction

Employment in the Canadian construction industry is back within a couple percentage points of its high water mark set before the global pandemic struck last year.

Statistics Canada, in its latest Labour Force Survey, said the industry gained 25,700 jobs in March, boosting its workforce by 1.8 per cent. The seasonally-adjusted figure brings construction employment to 1.468 million, 1.6 per cent short of where it was in March of last year, when Canadian governments began responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country’s wider labour market also posted a strong performance in March, with 1.6 per cent more Canadians employed than in February. The unemployment rate fell to 7.5 per cent.

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