Labour Force Survey Monthly

Labour Force Survey, June 2019

released July 5, 2019

Prince Edward Island Employment

 

Unemployment Rate By Province (seasonally adjusted, in percentage)
Month Can NL PE NS NB QC ON MB SK AB BC
June 2019 5.5 13.3 9.3 6.6 7.8 4.9 5.4 5.7 5.1 6.6 4.5
May 2019 5.4 12.4 9.0 6.5 7.2 5.0 5.2 5.0 5.2 6.7 4.3
June 2018 6.0 15.3 8.9 7.9 7.6 5.4 5.9 6.1 6.2 6.6 5.2
Year-over-Year change (pp) -0.5 -2.0 0.4 -1.3 0.2 -0.5 -0.5 -0.4 -1.1 0.0 -0.7
Monthly change (pp) 0.1 0.9 0.3 0.1 0.6 -0.1 0.2 0.7 -0.1 -0.1 0.2

Summary

Today’s Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey shows that P.E.I.’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.3 per cent in June 2019. This is up 0.3 percentage points from last month and up 0.4 percentage points from June 2018. Seasonally adjusted employment in June totaled 77,500, an increase of 1,300 from one year ago and up by 400 from May 2019. The annual increase was a result of an increase of 1,500 in full-time employment while part-time employment decreased by 200. The number of unemployed persons on Prince Edward Island increased to 7,900, up by 300 from one month ago and up by 400 from June 2018. The labour force participation rate stood at 66.4 in June, down 0.4 percentage points from June 2018. The total labour force increased by 1,600 from June 2018 to total 85,400.

The three-month moving average unemployment rate used by the Employment Insurance program for the Charlottetown region increased to 7.2 per cent in June, up from 6.8 per cent in May. This results in a decrease in the hours needed to qualify for EI in this region, from 665 to 630 hours and increases the minimum draw period from 15 to 17 weeks. The rate in the PEI region in June was 11.1 per cent, down from 11.2 per cent in May. There is no change in EI eligibility criteria in this region.

Nationally, employment held steady for the second consecutive month. The unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 5.5 per cent as there were more people looking for work.
 
Notable employment increases occurred in Alberta and Saskatchewan, while Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador showed notable declines. There was little change in other provinces.

Employment gains (+)/ losses (-) between June 2018 and June 2019 occurred in the following sectors on Prince Edward Island [1] :

 

Prince Edward Island Employment By Industry

Goods-producing sector:     

+1,000

Service-providing sector:

+200

Agriculture:

+500

Trade (Retail/Wholesale):

-400

Other Primary Industries:

-300

Transport & Warehousing:

+100

Manufacturing:

0

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate:

-100

Construction:

+800

Business Services:

+300

Utilities:

+100

Professional, Scientific and Technical:

-100

 

 

Educational Services:

+100

 

 

Health & Social Services:

+800

 

 

Public Administration:

+1,200

 

 

Information, Culture and Recreation:

-500

 

 

Accommodation & Food services:

-1,300

    Other Services: +200

[1] Components may not sum to total due to rounding

 

PEI Unemployment Rate                                                                                                                                          

(Seasonally Adjusted)

 

Notes:

  1. The LFS estimates for June are for the week of June 9 to 15, 2019.
  2. The LFS estimates are based on a sample and are therefore subject to sampling variability. For more information, see the Statistics Canada publication "Interpreting Monthly Changes in Employment from the Labour Force Survey."
  3. The next release of the LFS will be on August 9, 2019.

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey Estimates, released July 5, 2019.

Related downloads for this release:

Monthly Labour Force Survey report - PDF (100KB)

Published date: 
July 5, 2019
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