Canada's workforce gender gap debate may rear its ugly head again thanks to surprising data from Statistics Canada's latest labour report, which shows that women between the ages of 25 and 54 lost thousands of jobs. Meanwhile, men of the same demographic actually gained new jobs this past month. Now that Canada's unemployment rate has climbed to 5.7%, women account for a vast majority of jobs lost throughout the nation.
Every month, Stats Canada releases new data measuring the employment and unemployment rates across the country for every working-age demographic. The most recent report from July 2019 came as quite the shock to many Canadians, with a total job loss of 24,200 jobs.
Compared against the rest of the year, the 2% unemployment increase is not a massive leap by any means. But when you look at the statistics on gender, that's when things get really interesting.
Of the 24,200 jobs that Canadians lost last month, 18,000 of those lost jobs belonged to women between the age of 25 and 54. Yet, during the same month, men of the same age actually gained 22,000 jobs, decreasing the unemployment rate for men between the ages of 25 to 54.
Male youth between the age of 15 and 24 also took a sizable hit on job loss, as employment fell by 19,000. Yet, when it comes down to it, women are still losing more jobs than anyone else in Canada.
So where in Canada are these lost jobs most common? Alberta, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick each lost many jobs. Alberta was hit the hardest, loosing 14,000 jobs across the province.
Unemployment rates in Quebec, P.E.I increased slightly, and the rates everywhere else saw little to no change at all.
Regardless of age or province, the numbers don't lie — women across the country are definitely bearing the brunt of Canada's growing unemployment rate.