Labour Force Survey Monthly

Labour Force Survey, August 2018

released September 7, 2018

Prince Edward Island Employment

Unemployment Rate By Province (seasonally adjusted, in percentage)
Month Can NL PE NS NB QC ON MB SK AB BC
August 2018 6.0 14.4 9.3 8.4 8.3 5.6 5.7 5.8 6.7 6.7 5.3
July 2018 5.8 15.4 9.5 8.0 7.5 5.6 5.4 6.0 6.6 6.7 5.0
August 2017 6.2 15.1 9.1 8.9 8.0 6.0 5.5 5.0 6.3 8.1 5.0
Annual change (pp) -0.2 -0.7 0.2 -0.5 0.3 -0.4 0.2 0.8 0.4 -1.4 0.3
Monthly change (pp) 0.2 -1.0 -0.2 0.4 0.8 0.0 0.3 -0.2 0.1 0.0 0.3

Summary

Today’s Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey shows that P.E.I.’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.3 per cent in August 2018. This is down 0.2 percentage points from last month and up 0.2 from August 2017. Seasonally adjusted employment in August was 76,200, an increase of 2,200 from one year ago but down by 300 from July 2018. The annual increase was a result of an increase of 3,100 in full-time employment while part-time employment declined by 900. The number of unemployed persons on Prince Edward Island was 7,800, down by 200 from one month ago and up by 400 from August 2017. The labour force participation rate stood at 66.7 percent in August, up 1.1 percentage points from August 2017. The total labour force increased by 2,600 from August 2017 to total 84,000.

 

The three-month moving average unemployment rate used by the Employment Insurance program for the Charlottetown region increased to 7.2 per cent in August, up from 7.1 per cent in July. The rate in the PEI region in August was 11.5 per cent, down from 11.7 per cent in July. There is no change in the EI eligibility criteria in either region.

Nationally, employment is up by 172,000 since August of 2017, down by 52,000 from July.  The unemployment rate increased to 6.0 per cent from 5.8 per cent in July.

Employment increased in Alberta and Manitoba, declined in Ontario, with little overall change elsewhere.

Employment gains (+)/ losses (-) between August 2017 and August 2018 occurred in the following sectors on Prince Edward Island:

Prince Edward Island Employment By Industry

Goods-producing sector:     

+1,600

Service-providing sector:

+600

Agriculture:

+1,000

Trade (Retail/Wholesale):

-300

Other Primary Industries:

+300

Transport & Warehousing:

-100

Manufacturing:

0

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate:

0

Construction:

+200

Business Services:

+300

Utilities:

x

Professional, Scientific and Technical:

0

 

 

Educational Services:

+200

 

 

Health & Social Services:

-600

 

 

Public Administration:

-100

 

 

Information, Culture and Recreation:

+200

 

 

Accommodation & Food services:

+1,300

    Other Services: -300

(Components may not sum to total due to rounding)

x: Suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act.

PEI Unemployment Rate                                                                                                                                          

(Seasonally Adjusted)

 

Notes:

  1. The LFS estimates for July are for the week of August 12 to 18, 2018.
  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 October 5, 2018.

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey Estimates, released September 7, 2018.

Related downloads for this release:

Monthly Labour Force Survey report - PDF (100KB)

Published date: 
September 7, 2018
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