Canada’s jobless rate has reached a record 13.7 percent, although the country added 290,000 jobs in May after two months of layoffs due to the COVID-19 economic shutdown, Statistics Canada said on Friday.
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 million and a COVID-19-related increase in absences from work of 2.5 million.
In May, employment rose by 290,000, while the number of people who worked less than half their usual hours dropped 292,000. These changes in the labor market represented a recovery of 10.6 percent of COVID-19-related employment losses and absences recorded in the previous two months.
Some 219,000 of the increased employment from April to May were in full-time work. Compared with February, full-time employment was down 11.1 percent in May, while part-time work was down 27.6 percent.
The labor force increased by 491,000 in May, as restrictions gradually ease and some businesses reopen, the agency said.