The unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in May. Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate would have been 10.7 percent in May had it included in calculations those people who wanted to work but didn’t search for a job.
The national unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent, the lowest level since March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Almost all the job increases were among low-wage and part-time workers in areas like retail and accommodation.
OTTAWA — The federal government has temporarily set a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1 per cent to calculate employment insurance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those people living in regions with an unemployment rate lower than that threshold will have their EI benefits calculated at that rate. In regions with a higher unemployment rate, benefits will...