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Canadian workers landed 41,000 more paying Canada jobs in April, in the retail, transportation and warehousing, education, and information, and culture and recreation sectors.

In its latest Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada reveals 24,000 workers landed jobs in the wholesale and retail sector in April as it bounced back up 0.8 per cent compared to the previous month, partially offsetting a net decline of 145,000 jobs from May through to December last year.

“The number of people working in transportation and warehousing rose by 17,000, up 1.6 per cent, in April, building on a notable increase in March of 41,000 jobs, up 4.2 per cent,” notes Statistics Canada.

“Compared with 12 months earlier, employment in the industry was up by 47,000, or 4.7 per cent, in April.”

The unemployment rate held steady at five per cent in April, unchanged since December last year. But those who are out of work are not staying unemployed for as long as they were only a year ago.

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“The number of unemployed persons stood at 1.1 million in April and the majority, 64.3 per cent, had been unemployed for 13 weeks or less,” notes Statistics Canada.

“The proportion who had been unemployed for 27 weeks or more, the long-term unemployed, was 15.4 per cent, down from 19.5 per cent a year earlier, and in line with the pre-pandemic proportion of 15.3 per cent in February 2020.”

After three months of little change, employment in information, culture and recreation rose by 16,000, or 1.9 per cent, and the educational sector saw a gain of 15,000 jobs, up one per cent, in April.

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Men enjoyed the benefits of most of that job growth throughout the country while employment for women and teenaged boys and girls held steady.

“Employment increased by 18,000, up 0.3 per cent, among core-aged men, 25 to 54 years old, and by 16,000, up 0.7 per cent, among men aged 55 and older,” notes Statistics Canada.

Almost all the job growth in April consisted of part-time jobs as these rose by 1.3 per cent, or 48,000 jobs across the country.

Almost One In Five Workers Who Took A Part-Time Job Would Have Preferred Full-Time Work

“This was the first notable increase in part-time work since October 2022,” notes Statistics Canada. “In April 2023, 18.1 per cent of those employed were working part time, down slightly from a year earlier, when 18.7 per cent were part-time workers.

“Of those who worked part-time, 15.2 per cent did so involuntarily, meaning they would have preferred a full-time position. This rate was virtually unchanged from April 2022.”

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