The issue of increased unemployment had particularly severe implications on young adults trying to enter the labor market after school to look for their first job. Between 2008 and 2009, youth unemployment increased by more than three points. It reached 16.7 percent at the end of 2020. After the economic recession, the average duration of unemployment rose to 21.4 weeks in 2011, before falling to 15.2 weeks on average as of 2020. It peaked at almost 23 weeks in 2021, and amounted to 19.6 weeks the following year. The most common reasons for being unemployed given by Canadian respondents were "not working in the last year" or "never worked" in 2022.
The recovery from the economic recession in Canada is also correlated with growth in employment. As of 2022, there was a total of 19.57 million employed persons in Canada. This was an important increase compared to 2008 employment data. The employment rate among people with higher education levels was generally above the national average, at 73.3 percent for those with a Bachelor's degree in 2020.
In 2021, the highest number of jobs among Canadian provinces was in Ontario with more than 7.4 million employed or self-employed persons. In that year, the industry providing the most jobs was retail trade, with a little more than two million Canadians employed.
It is projected that the Canadian economy will continue to grow and that the unemployment rate in Canada until 2027 will remain at around six percent. According to the Canadian employment growth forecast, over the period of 2019 to 2028, the industry with the fastest growth, at an annual rate of 2.3 percent on average, will be the computer systems design and related services industry.