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Unemployment Rates in U.S. 12 Most Populous Cities

Atlanta has the lowest unemployment rate among the 12 most populous cities in the U.S.

Latest data points = Jan 2021.

Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) / Graphic: ConstructConnect-CanaData.

Best U.S. City Labor Markets

Salt Lake City, UT, ranks best among U.S. cities for year-over-year jobs changes, and lowest unemployment rate.

Based on not seasonally adjusted (NSA) data. / Cities are metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).
When the ranking numbers are the same, the cities are in a tie.

Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Table: ConstructConnect – CanaData.

U.S. Employment - % Change Y/Y

Services jobs fell more severely, on a y/y basis, in the Spring of 2020 than in Summer, 2009. Construction & manufacturing, though, did not experience jobs drops that were as steep as their declines 11 years prior.

The latest data points are for March, 2021.
Based on seasonally adjusted (SA) data.

Data source: Payroll Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor).
Chart: ConstructConnect – CanaData.

Ranking of Canadian Provincial Labour Markets

March 2020 employment declined significantly from February 2020 due to coronavirus-related lockdowns. Therefore, y/y jobs count comparisons are now looking much better than they did a month ago. ... B.C.'s latest labour market numbers are especially strong.

The latest data is for March, 2021.

Data source: Statistics Canada / Chart: ConstructConnect-CanaData.

Change in Total Employment — Canada vs U.S.

The total jobs count in the U.S. in March 2021 was +916,000 (SA) m/m; Canada's comparable figure was +303,000 m/m.

The latest data points are for March 2021.
*“Year-over-year” is each month versus the same month of the previous year.

Data sources (seasonally adjusted): Statistics Canada and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Department of Labor).
Chart: ConstructConnect — CanaData.

Unemployment Rates in Canada's 6 Most Populous Cities

Line charts of unemployment rates in Canada's 6 largest (by population) cities., as of Feb. 2021.

Data source: Statistics Canada (SA = Seasonally Adjusted) / Charts: ConstructConnect-CanaData.

U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Weekly

For the week ending Apr. 10, 2021, the figure was 576,000, an outstanding improvement (-193,000) vs the previous week's number of 769,000.

Data source: Department of Labor & Census Bureau / Chart: ConstructConnect-CanaData.

Change in Construction Employment — Canada vs U.S.

The jobs count in the U.S. construction sector in February 2021 was -61,000 m/m & seasonally adjusted (SA); Canada's comparable figure was +6,000.

The latest data points are for February 2021.
*“Year-over-year” is each month versus the same month of the previous year.

Data sources (seasonally adjusted): Statistics Canada and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Department of Labor).
Chart: ConstructConnect — CanaData.

Change in Private Sector vs Public Sector Employment in Canada

The private sector jobs count in Canada in February 2021 was +214,000 m/m. The employment change in the public sector in the latest month was +45,000 m/m.

The latest data points are for February, 2021.
*“Year-over-year” is each month versus the same month of the previous year.

Data sources (seasonally adjusted): Statistics Canada.
Chart: ConstructConnect — CanaData.

Change in Full-time vs Part-Time Employment in Canada

The full-time jobs count in Canada in February 2021 was +89,000 m/m; the part-time number-of-jobs change was +171,000 m/m.

The latest data points are for February, 2021.
*“Year-over-year” is each month versus the same month of the previous year.

Data sources (seasonally adjusted): Statistics Canada.
Chart: ConstructConnect — CanaData.

Change in Manufacturing Employment — Canada vs U.S.

The m/m jobs count in the U.S. manufacturing sector in February 2021 was +21,000 seasonally adjusted (SA); Canada's comparable figure was +8,000.

The last data points are for February, 2021.
“Year-over-year” is the monthly figure versus the same month of the previous year.

Data sources (seasonally adjusted): Statistics Canada and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Chart: ConstructConnect — CanaData.

Canada ‘R-3’ Unemployment Rate vs U.S. Unemployment Rate Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) Data (Statistics Canada calculates ‘R-3’ on same basis as U.S. rate)

On a same-methodology basis, U.S. & Canadian NSA unemployment rates have been moving nearly in tandem.

The latest data points are for March 2021.

Data sources (seasonally adjusted): Statistics Canada and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Department of Labor).
Chart: ConstructConnect — CanaData.

Labour Markets in 35 Canadian Cities

Tables of y/y jobs change (Halifax best at +2.2%) and lowest unemployment rate (Victoria best at 4.9%).

Based on averages of latest three months, seasonally adjusted (SA) data. Cities are census metro areas (CMAs). When the ranking numbers are the same, the cities are in a tie.

Data source: Statistics Canada/Tables: ConstructConnect — CanaData.

Canadian Provincial Labour Markets

Ontario is currently accounting for 38.5% of the national increase in employment, Mar 2021 vs a weakened March 2020. Next in line are B.C. (a 22.1% share of the advance) and Quebec (a 21.4% share).

Data source (seasonally adjusted figures): Statistics Canada/Tables: ConstructConnect — CanaData.

Change in Service Sector Employment — Canada vs U.S.

The U.S. 'private services providing' jobs count in February 2021 was +513,000 m/m. Services jobs in Canada in the latest month were +256,000 m/m.

The latest data points are for February, 2021.
*“Year-over-year” is each month versus the same month of the previous year.
Data sources (seasonally adjusted): Statistics Canada and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Department of Labor).

Chart: ConstructConnect — CanaData.

Canada vs U.S. Monthly Unemployment Rate (Per Cent) Seasonally Adjusted Data

In Feb 2021, and as per usual, the U.S. recorded a lower 'headline' (SA) rate of unemployment than Canada.

The latest data points are for February, 2021.

Data sources (seasonally adjusted): Statistics Canada and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Department of Labor).
Chart: ConstructConnect — CanaData.

U.S. Month-to-month Total Jobs Creation

U.S. total employment in Mar 2021 was positive month to month, +0.6%, but still negative year over year, -4.5%.

Latest data point is for March, 2021.

Source: Payroll Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) / Chart: ConstructConnect – CanaData.

Canada: Month-to-month Total Employment Change

Canadian total employment in Mar. 2021 was +1.6% m/m & +3.9% y/y. A low 'base' effect is now coming into play. Mar. 2020's figure (i.e., the denominator in the % change calculation) was considerably lower than Feb 2020's number.

Latest data point is for March, 2021.

Source: Household Survey, Statistics Canada / Chart: ConstructConnect – CanaData.