A new study says Canada’s unemployment rate is now 7.1 per cent, the highest level since 2009, when the country hit the lowest unemployment rate since World War II.
The new numbers were released Thursday by Statistics Canada, which said the unemployment rate ticked up slightly from 7.8 per cent in April, which was also the highest since May.
The rate of unemployment in the three months ended April was unchanged from March.
Statistics Canada said there were 4,100 job openings across the country.
The labour market is still improving, and the number of unemployed people has fallen by 2.7 million in the last year, Statistics Canada reported Thursday.
That means about two-thirds of those who are looking for work are in jobs that are now available.
The jobless figures came as the Canadian economy grew by 0.4 per cent last month.
The unemployment rate also fell slightly, to 7.2 per cent.
The unemployment rate for Canadians aged 16 to 24 was 9.6 per cent and for people aged 25 to 54 it was 8.4.