Statistics Canada is put this afternoon to provide a snapshot of the work market as it had been last month since pandemic-related constraints eased and reopenings increased.
The unemployment rate fell to 12.3 per cent after hitting a record-high of 13.7 per cent in May. The unemployment rate declined 1.4 percentage points to 12.2 per cent as the number of people on temporary layoff declined.
Friday's release nevertheless suggests the Canadian economy is on a faster, upward path, as more workplaces across the country are reopening under stricter health measures.
Statistics Canada said the jobless rate would have been 16.3 percent in June had it included in the unemployment counts those who wanted to work, but did not look for a job.
Gain in employment, however, were not equal.
Also, gains nationally were not shared equally among groups, with women, youth and low-wage workers still slower to rebound, which Stanford said could be problematic if those jobs don't ever come back.
"This is a solid second step on the road to recovery, but still leaves employment at just 91 per cent of the February level (up from 84.4 per cent at the April low)", Porter wrote in a research note to clients. But every province added at least a small number of jobs. Despite positive signs, James says thousands of people and businesses are still struggling, and net job losses since the start of the pandemic stand at 235,000.
Quebec province, which as of Friday had registered more than half of Canada's total 106,800 virus cases, saw its unemployment rate drop three points to 10.7 percent.
From February to April, 5.5 million Canadian workers were affected by the COVID-19 economic shutdown. Temporary layoffs had driven unemployment up by nearly half in the April survey. The survey was conducted between June 14 and June 20.
The information, culture and recreation industry saw an increase of 60,000 jobs in the sector for June while business, building, and other support services also saw an increase of 71,000 jobs in June.