Quebec employment rates surge in August

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Quebec’s employment numbers are rising, according to an update from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey.
Employment was up 54,200 in the province in August — a 1.3 per cent increase compared to July. Likewise, unemployment dropped by .8 per cent in August to 8.7 per cent. In the last four months employment increased by 630,200.
Quebec is closing in on the 820,500 jobs lost between February and April with 76.8 per cent of jobs recovered. Full-time employment in the province also increased by 60,900, while part-time numbers remains unchanged.
The private sector employment grew by 80,800, but the public sector and self-employed posted declines of 13,900 and 12,700, respectively. Employment across the country also experienced a surge in August with a total increase of 245,800.
The unemployment rate in Canada dropped to 10.2 per cent. According to Statistics Canada, the largest employment increases were in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. However, employment in Quebec is still struggling compared to last year.
Employment in the province decreased by 255,000 in the first eight months of 2020 compared to the same period in the previous year. Since the beginning of 2020, the unemployment rate in Quebec has averaged 9.6 per cent compared to 9.8 per cent in Canada.

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