The Canadian economy lost 207,000 jobs in April as a new round of government-mandated businesses forced workers to lay off.
Statistics show that Canada lost 129,000 full-time jobs and an additional 78,000 part-time jobs on Friday.
The unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent from 7.5 percent a month ago.
While economists had expected jobs to be lost this month, the figure came in worse than the expected 175,000 losses.
Nearly half of job losses are among young workers, aged 15 to 24. Most job losses were in the difficult sectors that employ a lot of young people: retail, food services and information, culture and entertainment.
Almost all job losses have accumulated in Ontario and British Columbia, with the two provinces implementing stringent corona virus control measures.
Ontario lost 153,000 jobs, with the unemployment rate rising to nine percent. BC, meanwhile, lost 43,000, with an unemployment rate of 7.1 percent.
Saskatchewan and New Brunswick added a small number of jobs, with the job market flat in every other province.
DD Bank economist Sri Dhanabalasingam said April figures confirm what economists suspect: the economic recovery from Kovit-19 took a step back last month – we have not yet turned the corner.
“With restrictions remaining in place across the country, Canada’s labor market recovery may not be fully perfect in May,” Danabalasingam said.
“However, the snap pack is likely to occur in June because vaccine rolls will increase, and casinos in large parts of the country are gradually declining. The best days are already ahead for the Canadian labor market, but it may take a while more to get there.”