Employment in Canada Decreased by 28,800 Jobs in December 2020


TORONTO, Jan. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Employment in Canada decreased by 28,800 jobs from November to December according to the December ADP®Canada National Employment Report. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP Canada National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute®. The report, which is derived from actual ADP payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm payroll employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

December 2020 Report Highlights*

Total Canada Nonfarm Payroll Employment1: -28,800

Industry Snapshot:

– Goods Producing:

– Service Providing:

  • Trade/Transportation and Utilities -4,600

  • Information -800

  • Finance/Real Estate -3,900

  • Professional/Business Services -15,200
    -Professional/Technical -10,900
    -Management of Companies -500
    -Administrative and Support -3,800

  • Education & Health Care 5,400
    -Educational Services 3,600
    -Health Care 1,800

  • Leisure and Hospitality -600

  • Other Services2 9,000

* Sum of components may not equal total, due to rounding.

“December payrolls posted a decrease in jobs,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist, ADP. “While most industries saw declines led by the manufacturing; professional business services; and trade, transportation and utilities sectors; job gains were recorded in education and healthcare, and natural resources and mining.”

The November total of jobs added was revised from 40,800 to -219,800.

The January 2021 ADP Canada National Employment Report will be released at 8:30a.m.ET on February 18, 2021.

About the ADP Canada National Employment Report
The ADP Canada National Employment 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.

Each month, the ADP Research Institute issues the ADP Canada National Employment Report as part of the company’s commitment to adding deeper insights into the labour market in Canada and providing businesses, governments and others with a source of credible and valuable information. The ADP Canada National Employment Report is broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge.

For a description of the underlying data and the statistical model used to create this report, please see “ADP Canada National Employment Report: Development Methodology”.

About the ADP Research Institute
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1 Including 14 industries (cf. report methodology)
2 Including public administration



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