National employment numbers for December from Statistics Canada, at a glance

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Statistics Canada

OTTAWA — A quick look at Canada’s December employment (numbers from the previous month in brackets):

Unemployment rate: 8.6 per cent (8.5)

Employment rate: 59.3 per cent (59.5)

Participation rate: 64.9 per cent (65.1)

Number unemployed: 1,755,800 (1,735,200)

Number working: 18,553,000 (18,615,600)

Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 17.7 per cent (17.4)

Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 7.5 per cent (7.4)

Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 6.9 per cent (6.8)

Canada’s national unemployment rate was 8.6 per cent in December. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):

– Newfoundland and Labrador 12.3 per cent (12.2)

– Prince Edward Island 10.1 per cent (10.2)

– Nova Scotia 8.6 per cent (6.4)

– New Brunswick 9.3 per cent (9.6)

– Quebec 6.7 per cent (7.2)

– Ontario 9.5 per cent (9.1)

– Manitoba 8.2 per cent (7.4)

– Saskatchewan 7.8 per cent (6.9)

– Alberta 11.0 per cent (11.1)

– British Columbia 7.2 per cent (7.1)