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January 16, 2024

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Employment virtually unchanged in December

  •  December employment remained unchanged (0.0%), following a similar trend from November (+25,000; +0.1%) and October (+18,000; +0.1%).
  •  Growth slowed in the second half of 2023, averaging 23,000 per month, compared to the first six months’ 48,000 monthly average.
  •  The Labor Force Survey (LFS) reported a population increase of 74,000 (+0.2%) in December, aligning with the 2023 monthly average of 79,000.
  •  The employment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points to 61.6%, marking the fifth decline in six months.
  •  Throughout 2023, the employment rate trended downward due to population growth outpacing employment gains.
  •  December’s rate of 61.6% was 0.9 percentage points lower than January 2023’s recent high of 62.5%.(for more details)

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Employment rises in professional, scientific, and technical services.

  •  Employment in professional, scientific, and technical services rose by 46,000 (+2.4%) in December, marking the second monthly increase in 2023.
  •  On a year-over-year basis, this industry saw a gain of 78,000 jobs (+4.2%) in December.
  •  After four months of stability, employment in health care and social assistance increased by 16,000 (+0.6%) in December, contributing to a year-over-year rise of 124,000 jobs (+4.8%).
  •  The job vacancy rate in healthcare and social assistance was 5.3% in October 2023, down from a peak of 6.3% in April, but still the highest across all sectors.
  •  Employment declined for the third consecutive month in wholesale and retail trade (-21,000; -0.7%) in December.
  •  From August to December, the industry experienced a decrease of 80,000 jobs (-2.7%), following gains from December 2022 to August 2023 when employment increased by 108,000 (+3.7%).

The number of Canadians providing app-based ride-or-delivery services will grow in 2023.

  •  In 2023, digital platforms and apps continued to provide Canadians with convenient access to personal transport and delivery services, enabling individuals to earn income by performing associated work activities.
  •  These platforms connect drivers and customers, managing service delivery through user ratings, client assignments, and payment processing.
  •  According to December 2023 LFS data, 135,000 Canadians aged 16 to 69 offered ride or taxi services through apps, a 48.1% increase (+44,000) compared to 2022. Delivery services through apps also rose by 45,000 (+19.2%) to reach 272,000.
  •  Half (49.9%) of those providing services in 2023 were in the largest metropolitan areas—Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver—a pattern like 2022.
  •  Landed immigrants constituted 57.5% of the 365,000 people providing services through apps in the 12 months ending December 2023, up from 53.4% in the same period in 2022.
  •  Most service providers (70.5%) belonged to racialized groups, with South Asian (30.2%) and Black (10.3%) Canadians being the largest proportions.

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