March 18, 2021

Employment in Canada fell by 100,800 jobs in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, a bigger decrease than January, according to the ADP Canada National Employment report.

“The decrease in jobs was led by leisure and hospitality, trade, and construction, while the manufacturing and finance sectors recorded slight job gains,” ADP Chief Economist Nela Richardson said. “As lockdown restrictions continue to ease across the country, hard-hit industries such as leisure and hospitality will begin to see gains in hiring.”

Total jobs had fallen by 65,800 in January, according to revised numbers in today’s report. That’s a downward revision from the previous report, which had shown a loss of 231,200 jobs. November and December had posted gains.

Here are the job gains losses by industry for February:

  • Goods producing:
    • Manufacturing, up 2,200
    • Construction, down 17,200
    • Natural resources and mining, down 800
  • Service providing:
    • Trade/transportation and utilities, down 21,300
    • Information, down 3,400
    • Finance/real estate, up 800
    • Professional/business services, down 8,100
      • Professional/technical, up 4,400
      • Management of companies, down 2,900
      • Administrative and support, down 9,600
    • Education and healthcare, down 6,500
      • Educational services, up 400
      • Healthcare, down 6,900
    • Leisure and hospitality, down 35,200
    • Other services, down 11,500

Data for the report is derived from actual, anonymous payroll data of client companies served by ADP Canada.