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Employment dropped by 177,300 from February to March in Canada: ADP

April 16, 2020
By Talent Canada Staff

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Employment in Canada dropped by 177,300 jobs from February to March, according to ADP.

Ahu Yildirmaz, vice-president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute, said the impact of COVID-19 is clear with strong job losses in many sectors across the board.

“Trade, transportation and utilities, leisure and hospitality and professional businesses services were the hardest hit sectors,” he said. “While the health care sector experienced growth, social distancing has paused non-emergency and non-essential services, which will show its effects over time.”

Job declines by industry

Goods producing

  • Manufacturing     -15,800
  • Construction     -8,400
  • Natural Resources and Mining     -3,600

Service providing

  • Trade/Transportation and Utilities      -55,700
  • Information     -800
  • Finance/Real Estate     -13,800
  • Professional/Business Services     -21,100
    – Professional/Technical     -7,900
    – Management of Companies     1,200
    – Administrative and Support         -14,500
  • Education & Health Care     -14,900
    – Educational Services     -26,600
    – Health Care     11,700
  • Leisure and Hospitality     -35,800
  • Other Services2     -7,400

The February total of jobs added was revised up from 7,200 to 116,700.

About the ADP Canada National Employment Report

The report is a monthly measure of the change in total Canada nonfarm payroll employment derived from actual, anonymous payroll data of client companies served by ADP Canada. The report, which measures more than two million workers in Canada, is produced by the ADP Research Institute, a specialized group within the company that provides insights around employment trends and workforce strategy.

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