Last month was not great for workers across the country. Job losses in Canada almost reached two million in April and people under the age of 24 were hit the hardest. The COVID-19 pandemic is to blame for unemployment.
On May 8, Statistics Canada released new data about the state of employment across the country.
The Labour Force Survey shows that in April, full-time and part-time employment dropped with losses of 1,472,00 and 522,000 respectively.
Across the country, this decline in April combined with a drop of over one million in March brings the total employment reduction since the beginning of COVID-19 shutdowns to over three million.
StatCan called this drop in employment unprecedented.
When compared to February, employment declined by more than 10% in every province last month with Quebec reporting the biggest drop of 18.7%.
According to StatCan, employment is declining the fastest among Canada's younger population.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionally affected people aged 15 to 24 across the country.
That's because this age group is more likely to hold jobs that are less secure in hard-hit industries like food services and accommodations.
From February to April, employment among Canada's young people dropped by 873,000 or 34.2%.
As of the week of April 12, the number of Canadians who were either unemployed or working reduced hours was 5.5 million.
The increased drop in employment is driven by temporary layoffs so that means there is hope that people will return to their jobs once restrictions are eased.
After the data was released, Justin Trudeau addressed the numbers on Twitter and called them a difficult but important reminder that Canadians need help.
"We are doing everything we can to make sure you get the support you need - right now and in the weeks and months to come," he said.
The StatCan data also showed that some employers adapted to the COVID-19 shutdowns.
During the week of April 12, about five million Canadians worked most of their hours from home which includes 3.3 million who usually worked outside of their homes.
A few provinces have already started phased reopenings or have plans in place to ease restrictions.