Unemployment Rate Hits 13.7 Percent



In May, Canada's unemployment rate hit 13.7 percent. The country only added 289,600 jobs.


The number of hours that people worked was also down.


More people are seeking employment as some pandemic restrictions ease.


From February to April, 5.5 million Canadian workers were affected by the COVID-19 economic shutdown. This included a drop in employment of 3.0 million and a COVID-19-related increase in absences from work of 2.5 million.


In May, the total number of self-employed workers held steady.

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