June 13th, 2024

Canada’s unemployment rate rises to 6.2% in May, economy adds 27,000 jobs

By The Canadian Press on June 7, 2024.

A "Now Hiring," sign is displayed on a business Tuesday, May 30, 2023 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 per cent in May as the economy added a modest 27,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate was sitting at 6.1 per cent in April.

The agency’s labour force survey suggests the Canadian job market continues to weaken as high interest rates weigh on consumers and businesses.

The report says that of those who were unemployed in April, a smaller proportion found work the next month compared with the pre-pandemic average for those months.

Wage growth remained strong in May with average hourly wages up 5.1 per cent from a year ago, reaching $34.94.

The data release comes two days after the Bank of Canada opted to lower interest rates for the first time in four years, citing signs of easing inflation and the weakening economy.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 7, 2024.

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