13th January 2020

Construction labour market closes out 2019 on high note, adding 17K jobs in December

The construction labour market finished strong in 2019, posting a considerable 17,000-position gain in December.

The positive close-out to the year, during which employment gains and losses have seesawed back and forth, translates to a 1.2 per cent increase in personnel on job sites across the country, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency pointed to new jobs in British Columbia and Ontario as the main contributors to the rise in employment in December in its latest Labour Force Survey.

Year-over-year nearly 28,900, or two per cent, more workers were employed in construction at the end of 2019 than at the beginning of the year.

The Canadian economy also showed positive momentum in December, adding 35,000 jobs — enough for a small 0.2 per cent increase.

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