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Full time employment rises in April, but not in manufacturing

Ottawa, ON -- Following slight declines in the previous two months, employment rose by an estimated 50,000 in April...


Industry

May 11, 2004
By MRO Magazine

Ottawa, ON — Following slight declines in the previous two months, employment rose by an estimated 50,000 in April 2004, all in full-time jobs, according to Statistics Canada’s latest Labour Force Survey. The unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points to 7.3%, the lowest since September 2001.

April’s increase in employment brings job gains since August 2003, when the recent upward trend began, to 235,000 (+1.5%).

Full-time employment increased by 56,000 in April while the number of part-time jobs changed little. So far in 2004, full-time employment has grown by 117,000 (+0.9%) while part-time employment has fallen by 87,000 (-2.9%). This continues the trend observed over the last four months of 2003 when employment growth was mainly in full-time work.

Employment among youths rose by 21,000, partly offsetting declines over the previous four months. The increases in April were all in full-time jobs and pushed the youth unemployment rate down 0.4 percentage points to 13.9%.

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For adult women, employment rose by 21,000, offsetting a decline in March. The upward trend that began last August among adult women has generated job gains totalling 134,000 (+2.2%). The increase over this period has been in full-time work.

Over the first four months of 2004, there has been little change in employment among adult men. This contrasts with the last four months of 2003 when employment for this group increased by 74,000. As a result, employment is up 1.2% since last August for adult men.

There was also job growth in the other services sector in April, up 18,000. This sector includes persons employed in industries such as repair and maintenance, personal and laundry services, as well as private household services.

In April, employment in manufacturing was little changed for the fifth consecutive month, leaving losses since November 2002, when the downward trend started, at 72,000 (-3.1%).