Employment rose in September in Quebec (+ 77,000) and Canada (+378,000), while the unemployment rate fell to 7.4% and 9% respectively in the province and the country .
This is indicated by the most recent data from Statistics Canada, released on Friday.
Thus, the unemployment rate in Quebec experienced its fifth consecutive monthly decline. As a reminder, before the economic downturn, it had been on a downtrend for four years and had hit a historic low of 5.1%, on average, in 2019.
Meanwhile, after increasing by 630,000 in the previous four months, employment in the province increased by 77,000 in September (+ 1.8%).
“Educational services and accommodation and food services contributed the most to the increase recorded in September,” the federal agency said in its press release.
Domestically, employment grew by 378,000 (+ 2.1%) in September, bringing employment down to 720,000 (-3.7%) from its level in February before COVID -19.
“Most of the increase in employment observed in September was recorded in full-time work, which increased by 334,000 (+ 2.1%), after increasing by 206,000 (+ 1.4% ) in August, ”said the statistics agency.