Unemployment Rate Trends

The unemployment rate measures the share of the labour force that is unable to find employment. The labour force comprises the working-age peopulations that is either working or unemployed and actively seeking work.

High rates indicate an economy operating at less than capacity and, if persistent, can lead to poverty and social instability. There is a potential for accelerating economic growth without accelerating inflation. Causes can include an inflexible labour market failing to adapt to structural change and to growth, loss of competitiveness and the business cycle.

In 2014, Winnipeg's unemployment rate stood at 5.8 per cent and was lower than the national rate of 6.9 per cent. From 2009 to 2014, Winnipeg's rate increased by 0.4 percentage points.  When compared to other major central metropolitan areas, this change was second-highest.

Unemployment Rate Change by Major Census Metopolitan Areas from 2009 to 2014

Source:  Statistics Canada