Unemployment Rates in Canada: An Interactive Tool

Statistics Canada recently released the latest data from its monthly Labour Force Survey publication, providing (almost) up-to-the-minute information on population, the labour force, employment, and unemployment for Canada and its provinces.

For us here at Urban Futures, the two data points that jumped out were the September 2015 unemployment rates for British Columbia and Alberta, with BC's unemployment rate sliding in below Alberta's for the first time in 21 years (6.3% versus 6.5%, respectively).

With this nugget serving as the impetus to this week's viz, we thought it would be useful (and fun) to provide an interactive chart that allows monthly unemployment rates to be compared among provinces (and Canada) from January 1976 to September 2015. Check it out, and see if you can dig out any other interesting tidbits.