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ADP Canada National Employment Report: Employment in Canada Decreased by 231,200 Jobs in January 2021

Sunday, February 21, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Employment in Canada decreased by 231,200 jobs from December to January according to the January ADP® Canada National Employment Report. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP Canada National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute®. The report, which is derived from actual ADP payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm payroll employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

January 2021 Report Highlights:

Total Canada Nonfarm Payroll Employment: -231,200

Industry Snapshot:

- Goods Producing:

Manufacturing -17,900
Construction -45,400
Natural Resources and Mining -1,700

- Service Providing:

Trade/Transportation and Utilities -62,600
Information -3,100
Finance/Real Estate -5,900
Professional/Business Services -17,500
- Professional/Technical 2,200
- Management of Companies -1,200
- Administrative and Support -18,600
Education & Health Care -11,400
- Educational Services 8,300
- Health Care -19,800
Leisure and Hospitality -55,100
Other Services -10,600
* Sum of components may not equal total, due to rounding.

"January reported a decrease in jobs, the largest decrease since May 2020 during the lockdown period," said Nela Richardson, chief economist, ADP. "The surge in COVID-19 cases and public health restrictions resulted in mass layoffs. Job losses were reported in every sector, led by trade, transportation and utilities; leisure and hospitality; and construction."

The December total of jobs added was revised from -28,800 to 338,200.


The ADP Canada National Employment Report is a monthly measure of the change in total Canada nonfarm payroll employment derived from actual, anonymous payroll data of client companies served by ADP Canada. The report, which measures more than two million workers in Canada, is produced by the ADP Research Institute®, a specialized group within the company that provides insights around employment trends and workforce strategy.