Quebec loses 30,000 jobs in July

Posted By: Canadian Press · 8/9/2013 9:15:00 AM

Canada's labour market continued to exhibit signs of weakness last month as the economy shed a surprisingly high 39,400 net jobs nationally, with public sector workers and youth taking on the biggest share of the losses.

Regionally, six provinces sustained a net drop in employment, with the biggest in Quebec where 30,400 jobs were lost. Alberta had the largest gain with an increase of 16,600 jobs.

It was the second consecutive month that Canada's economy lost jobs and lifted the official unemployment rate to 7.2 per cent, one-tenth of a point higher than in June.

The setback, which followed by a much smaller retreat in May, also all but wipes any hopes that April's unusual surge of 95,000 added jobs might have been signalling an upward trend for the Canadian economy.

Economists had expected a modest pick-up of 10,000 jobs in July, but the Conference Board's help-wanted index released last week proved more prescient in pointing to a setback.

Statistics Canada said with the latest result, employment growth has averaged a meagre 11,000 a month during the first half of 2013, far less than the 27,000 average gain realized during the second half of 2012.

Analysts say the economy needs to create between 15,000 and 20,000 new jobs each month just to keep up with population growth. The tally for the past year is more impressive with 226,000 new jobs created, but the government agency noted that part-time work rose at twice the speed of full-time.

The Bank of Canada, and the vast majority of economists, have anticipated slow economic growth during the second quarter of this year, which ended in June, with the economy expected to kick into a higher gear in the third quarter. July's jobs report suggests the rebound may be a little longer off, however.

If there was good news in the report it's that the losses were disproportionately bunched in the public service, which shed a whopping 74,000 workers in July, with big declines in health care, social assistance and in public administration.

Private employers actually added 31,400 jobs during the month.

Young Canadians also bore the biggest burden of the losses, as workers in the 15-24 age group saw their numbers diminish by 45,600. The agency said among returning students aged 20-24 years, the employment rate was 69.7 per cent in July, a similar level to last year. The 16.8 per cent unemployment rate was also similar to what was observed in July 2012.

``The labour market for students aged 15 and 16 remained difficult in July 2013,'' the agency added. ``Their employment rate was 28.6 per cent, the lowest since 1977, when data became available. The unemployment rate for these students was 30.0 per cent.''

Employment in the information, culture and recreation sector also sustained a big loss of about 21,000, taking the industry 4.2 per cent lower over the past year. While business, building and other support services added about 29,000 jobs.

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  1. Joe posted on 08/09/2013 09:40 AM
    I think you can thank the Queen of Quebec for this. She has no interest in anything in Quebec other than tormenting all those who are not of her kind. If jobs go it is fine for her. I have no idea where she thinks money to run this place comes from because Canada will not support her backward ideas for ever.
    1. Umaga posted on 08/09/2013 01:21 PM
      @Joe Very true , since almost all the jobs lost were in the public sector the " Queen's " deficit reduction policies would be a major cause .
  2. Ex montrealer posted on 08/09/2013 09:43 AM
    Is anyone really surprised that Quebec sustained the biggest net drop?
    1. Wanttobe Ex Montrealer posted on 08/09/2013 10:59 AM
      @Ex montrealer Easy...

      No.
    2. Robert posted on 08/09/2013 11:03 AM
      @Ex montrealer not really!
  3. Deng posted on 08/09/2013 10:39 AM
    The Conservative government, are at fault for the decline.
    They are importing voters,and giving them all the jobs,while
    the citizens are getteing laid off.Don't be surprise, if we go to
    the polls next year instead of 2015.It looks like an election is
    too far away for the Conservatives,and they are brain storming
    ways for another majority,and have to replace robo calls that
    was a big fraudulent success to them, in the last elections.
    1. J.S. posted on 08/09/2013 01:57 PM
      @Deng There is seriously something wrong with you. But in the classic separatist fashion, it has to be Ottawa's fault. Couldn't be all the bs that has transpired since the pq and their bunch of unskilled monkeys that are to blame. WAKE UP!
    2. Jim posted on 08/10/2013 01:38 AM
      @Deng Importing voters??? What kind of conspiracy theorist are you? Honestly, I wonder where some people get this nonsense. Did you read about this in some reputable paper or just brainstormed this nonsense with your friends when you were all complaining about your most hated political parties. Harper and his cronies are not in the least bit honest or transparent and I, personally, would never vote for them. I do admit that they were caught being involved in robo-calls and managed to get away with it, however...importing voters? How do you really think that they would be able to pull off something of that magnitude, other than in your own mind that is? It sounds very much like more separatist rhetoric.
  4. ROBERT posted on 08/09/2013 11:01 AM
    I have been searching for work for three, count them three years, in Montreal, so tell me what else is new?
    1. BB10 posted on 08/09/2013 05:43 PM
      @ROBERT How is that possible??? Robert, I have never heard that before in Montreal? There's thousands of job out there, how are you still unemployed? 3 YEARS??? I would be curious to know what your skill sets are, if you don't mind, as I would like to steer my children away from those field of study.
  5. mp posted on 08/10/2013 07:44 AM
    This is just the beginning.. More people will leave Quebec as no one french or english will be able to afford to live here. I feel sorry for those older people that are living on pensions because in a year your house will be worth nothing and the cost of food and gas will skyrocket.. Someone has to pay for it.. It's not me I am convincing my partner lets get out of here before we become like , Detroit.,.Bankrupt....
    This is when Quebec will say what the hell happen to our beautiful nation..Their heads are in the sand...Money rules..not language..Language only rules when monies come in and monies are going out of the province. Even the immigrants and professionals are leaving for greener pastures..People won't be able to afford low cost housing or be able to have gas in their cars to go to work..
    1. Joe posted on 08/10/2013 05:30 PM
      @mp Not to worry mp we are waiting for boatloads of skilled workers to arrive just after they read the welcome to Quebec Decourcy handbook.
      Which means you can expect a couple of rowboats to pull up in the Gaspe soon after these educated people read what a great life with narrow minded pure laines awaits them. But again not to worry about our poverty they will just blame Ottawa, and Ottawa will increase the transfer payments so the party in power can win in Quebec so to give them a majority government, and on an on it goes. Same old song same old dance. Just to correct you on one thing mp we are not a nation, we are a province, that name was given again to pony up for those valuable votes I spoke about.
  6. Thomas posted on 08/10/2013 05:55 PM
    3 years Robert? What are you still doing in Montreal? Even Francophones cannot find good jobs in Montreal. Seriously, 3 years? So you have not done anything to help you like take some courses or training programs to upgrade your skills? This is why more and more people are leaving Montreal and Quebec and this is why people will continue leaving Quebec. 3 years out of work will not help you in your search.
  7. Ivan posted on 08/10/2013 06:16 PM
    It will be interesting to see how these numbers play out should bill 14 become law and the much anticipated debate on reasonable accommodation and Quebec's so called charter of values. If Francois Legault does not have the courage to stand up and say I am a separatist and support bill 14 however at this time I realize that for the good of the Quebec economy we cannot support this type of legislation at this time, we will surely suffer the consequences. That's all Québécois of all stripes including separatists. Nationalism is ruling the day here in Quebec with three political parties vying to out due one another as to who is more Nationalist. Until the spell is broken and the majority of the population voices their will to move in a different direction,Quebec's economic performance will continue to diminish and jobs will flow to less hostile pastures. Taxes will continue to rise as revenues dry up. There is a reason why are gas prices are so high compared to the rest of the country, Tax Revenue.
  8. AlexD posted on 08/11/2013 12:21 AM
    I remember seeing this same big drop for QC last year for the month of July. If I remember correctly they said that it was due to the summer vacation for teachers. They are apparently considered unemployed for 2 months. I wonder if the construction strike in QC played a role also? Hoping that my theories are right and that we will not see another drop in employment in August as we need people working and paying taxes to pay the bills.
    1. Nica posted on 08/12/2013 09:46 AM
      @AlexD Wouldn't the same apply to all teachers in all other provinces?
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