Businesses shut down across America during the CCP virus pandemic, leading to millions of layoffs and furloughs. The U.S. job market is attempting to emerge from its worst downturn in modern memory. But it’s not all doom and gloom on the employment front. There are still companies hiring amid the economic calamity as changing consumer habits compel employers in a wide variety of industries to stock up on talent. Grocery and Retail The Kroger Company Kroger and its subsidiaries have been expanding, like other major grocery store chains during the pandemic. The second largest grocer in the United States is still looking to hire about 6,800 people from coast to coast to keep up with consumer demand. Kroger says it has hired more than 100,000 workers since mid-March and has…
OTTAWA—Canada unexpectedly gained 289,600 jobs in May even as the jobless rate hit a record high at 13.7 percent, data showed on Friday, buoyed by the loosening of stay-at-home restrictions in certain parts of the country.
“I think this probably counts as the largest job gain in Canadian history for one month but it’s also still just a drop in the bucket in terms of recovering the lost jobs over March and April,” said Nathan Janzen, senior economist at RBC. Canada lost a record-breaking 2 million jobs in April.
“This is just another sign that activity in North America did hit rock bottom in April and started to come back in May,” said Douglas Porter, chief economist at BMO, adding: “We’ve still got a long way to go.”
The May data did not capture the 1.4 million people who temporarily lost their jobs due to COVID-19 closures, but are not currently looking for employment, StatsCan said. Had those numbers been counted, the May unemployment rate would have been 19.6 percent rather than 13.7 percent.
The record jobless rate was driven in part by students entering the summer job market who must be actively seeking work to get government COVID-19 benefits. The unemployment rate for returning students surged to 40.3 percent compared with 13.8 percent in May 2019, Statscan said.
Employment in the goods producing sector gained 164,700 jobs, led by manufacturing and construction. The services sector gained 124,900 positions, led by wholesale and retail trade, as well as accommodation and food services.
By Kelsey Johnson and Julie Gordon
Focus News: Canada Gets Unexpected Jobs Boost in May
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