Statistics Canada December 2019 Labour Force Survey Report

By on January 21, 2020 at 9:51am






    Unemployment Rate
  January '19 5.8%
  February '19 5.8%
  March '19 5.8%
  April '19 5.7%
  May '19 5.4%
  June '19 5.5%
  July '19 5.7%
  August '19 5.7%
  September '19 5.5%
  October '19 5.5%
  November ’19 5.9%
  December ’19 5.6%

*Source: Statistics Canada


**Source: Statistics Canada, Seasonally Adjusted, January 2019–December 2019



90% of senior managers in Canada said organizations have loosened up over the past decade.

60% said it's due to more relaxed societal standards.

More acceptable now: Non-traditional piercings, visible tattoos.

Still Frowned Upon: Foul language pets in the office.

Source: Accountemps survey of more than 600 senior managers in Canada.

© 2019 Robert Half.

Statistics Canada recently released the December 2019 Labour Force Survey, reporting an increase in employment of 35,200 for the month, while the unemployment rate fell 0.3 per cent to 5.6 per cent.

Highlights in December

  • In the 12 months to December, employment increased by 320,000 (+1.7 per cent), the result of gains in full-time work (+283,000 or +1.9 per cent).
  • In 2019, employment in Canada increased at a faster pace than that observed over the same period in 2018 (+1.1 per cent). The growth was spread across the first three quarters of the year and was mostly the result of gains in full-time work.

Regional Highlights 

  • Employment in Quebec increased by 21,000 (+0.5 per cent) in December, partially offsetting a decline in November. In December, the unemployment rate in Quebec declined 0.3 percentage points to 5.3 per cent.
  • There were 2,800 (+0.4 per cent) more Manitobans employed in December compared with November. The unemployment rate in the province dropped 0.6 percentage points to 5.0 per cent.
  • In Ontario, employment increased by 25,000 (+0.3 per cent) in December, the result of gains in full-time work. The unemployment rate in the province decreased 0.3 percentage points to 5.3 per cent.

What employers need to know

If your organization is kicking off 2020 in hiring mode, be prepared to compete vigorously for top talent. People are searching for new opportunities right now, buoyed by the optimism that comes with a new year — and a promising job market. But you can expect that many professionals will be selective when weighing their options.

Providing competitive compensation is, of course, a must. Salary isn’t always the top consideration for job seekers, but, for most, it’s a major factor. Consult Robert Half’s Salary Guides to ensure the compensation packages — including perks and benefits — you offer align with current trends in your industry and market. 

Also be prepared to flex on compensation and other offerings when competing for your first-choice candidates. Recent research by our company found that two in five workers will lose interest in a job offer if an employer doesn’t negotiate elements beyond salary. Be proactive about discussing in-demand perks like reimbursement for professional development and remote work arrangements when interviewing potential hires.

And remember that speed is essential in this tight labour market. If you take too long to review resumes, coordinate interviews, arrange skills testing, secure internal approvals or compile the right offer, you will very likely lose out.

What job seekers need to know

Many professionals see the start of the new year as the ideal time to launch a job search. While employers are moving fast to staff new initiatives, they are also taking care to hire people who have top skills and will complement the company's organizational culture. So, you need to be ready to demonstrate why you are a standout candidate.

First, make sure your resume and cover letter are crisp and current and feature relevant keywords and phrases from the job description. That may seem like obvious advice, but it’s worth repeating. 

Be sure to highlight the value you can bring to a potential employer. Don’t simply list all the positions and responsibilities you’ve had in the past — tie those experiences to clear outcomes. You want to emphasize how you have personally made a difference at other companies.

When explaining why you’re interested in a role, be specific — and enthusiastic. You want a hiring manager to know that you aren’t looking for just any opportunity; you want this job at this company. 

Also take care to line up solid references – research by our company found that hiring managers remove one in three job candidates from consideration following a reference check.

A final tip: Work with a recruiter to increase your chances of success in finding a new position in 2020. An experienced staffing professional can help you connect with leading employers, including those you may not have known about or considered working for in the past. A recruiter will also advocate for you during the job search process, helping an employer to see your potential clearly — and helping you to find an opportunity that will be the best fit for your skills and career goals.

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