Canada - unemployment rate, by province 2019

In 2019, the Canadian territory of Nunavut had the highest unemployment rate in Canada. That year, Nunavut had a 13.4 percent unemployment rate. In comparison, Yukon had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.6 percent.


Nunavut is the largest and most northern province of Canada. Their economy is powered by many industries which include mining, oil, gas, hunting, fishing, and transportation. They have a high amount of mineral resources and many of their jobs come from mining, however, the territory still suffers from a high unemployment rate, which has fluctuated since 2004. The lack of necessary education, skills, and mobility are all factors that play a part in unemployment. Most of the population identifies as Inuit. Their official languages include English, French, and several Inuit languages. The capital is Iqaluit, which is their largest community and only city. The climate in Nunavut is a polar climate due to its high latitude, and as a result, it rarely goes above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Unemployment in Canada

The unemployment rate in Canada has been decreasing since 2009, when it hit a high of 8.3 percent. Since 2006, landed immigrants have faced higher unemployment rates compared to those born in Canada. Youth unemployment in Canada has fluctuated since 1998, but has always remained in the double digits. Additionally, the average duration of unemployment in Canada in 2019 was about 16.7 weeks.

Unemployment rate in Canada in 2019, by province

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period


Age group

15 years and older

Supplementary notes

The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed persons expressed as a percentage of the labor force.

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