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How Last Week's Canada Jobs Data is Delaying Rate Cuts

How Last Week's Canada Jobs Data is Delaying Rate Cuts

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    How Last Week’s Canada Jobs Data is Delaying Rate Cuts

    The unemployment rate fell to 5.7% in January as the Canadian economy added 37,000 jobs. A net increase in jobs is due mainly to increased public and part-time positions. Total hours worked in January increased 0.6%, suggesting Canada’s economy is no longer heading towards a recession.

    Why It Matters:

    While there were some weak points in Friday’s report, analysts noted that rising employment and strong wage growth suggest Canada’s economy is resilient despite the headwinds of the global economy. According to analysts, the Bank of Canada is expected to keep interest rates on hold until June at the earliest.

    The Big Picture:

    “The employment data suggests that June is now more likely for the first Bank of Canada rate cut of this cycle than April,” Royce Mendes, head of macro strategy at Desjardins Securities, said in a client note. It suggests that the Bank is closely monitoring the labour market and is ready to adjust its policy stance accordingly.

    Yes, But:

    Despite the positive employment figures, recent reports of layoffs at large corporations across various sectors in Canada continue to indicate that the Canadian economy is likely to experience a period of volatility as the effects of past high interest rates remain a drag on activity. The report highlights the complex and multifaceted nature of Canada’s economic challenges.

    What’s Next:

    How the Canadian economy will perform in the coming months remains to be seen. The interest rates set by the Bank of Canada will significantly impact the country’s economic development. As such, all eyes will be on the Bank’s next move.

    The Bottom Line:

    The latest employment data paints a mixed picture of the Canadian economy. On one hand, the addition of 37,000 jobs and a falling unemployment rate are positive signs. On the other hand, recent layoffs and the potential impact of high interest rates are causes for concern. 

    As always, the future of the Canadian economy will depend on various factors, including global economic trends, domestic policy decisions, and actions taken by the Bank of Canada to curb inflation – both domestic and imported varieties due to our shared economy with the US.

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