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Construction employment numbers dip in March

April 11, 2023  By Don Horne

Employment in the construction industry fell by 19,000 positions in March, a 1.2 per cent drop according to Statistics Canada’s most recent Labour Force Survey.

This followed an almost flat February, partially offsetting the cumulative increases of 42,000 in December and January.

You can view the detailed StatsCan report here

Overall, employment rose by 35,000 in March, with an unemployment rate holding steady at five per cent. Employment was up 21,000 positions in Ontario, 14,000 in Alberta, 3,300 in Manitoba, and 1,700 in Prince Edward Island, but down 4,300 in Saskatchewan.


Most of those who were unemployed people in March had been without work for 13 weeks or less, and the number of Canadians unemployed for 27 weeks or more — the long-term unemployed — was 16 per cent, down from more than 20 per cent a year earlier.

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