COVID-19 has no doubt taken its toll on unemployment in Quebec.
The bad news is Quebec represented the largest proportion of job losses in Canada in December, with 16,800 jobs lost, according to a press release from the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
of jobs lost between February and April 2020 have been recovered
The good news is that the unemployment rate continued to fall — albeit slightly — last month, and we've now recovered 84% of the jobs lost early in the pandemic.
According to the institute, 820,500 jobs were lost during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic between February and April 2020.
However, since then, it said Quebec has regained 692,900 of those jobs.
Quebec also has the lowest unemployment rate among all of Canada's provinces right now.*
The press release stated that Quebec's unemployment rate fell by 0.5% in December, bringing it to 6.7%.
The employment rate reached 59.6% in December.
In December 2020, both full-time and part-time employment in Quebec fell by several thousand jobs. But it rose in the private sector and among the self-employed.
On the whole, 2020 saw an average unemployment rate of 8.8% in Quebec, compared to 9.5% in Canada — an increase of 3.7 points compared to 2019, the institute said.
*This article has been updated.