Canada loses 68,000 jobs in May as country fails to reopen, while United States gained 559,000 jobs

Canada lost 68,000 jobs in April as most of the country is still under some form of lockdown, while the United States has gained 559,000 jobs during the same period.

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Canada lost 68,000 jobs in April as most of the country is still under some form of lockdown, while the United States has gained 559,000 jobs during the same period below expectations. 

In May, similar figures were revealed as Canada had lost 207,100 and the United States had gained 266,000. 

While most provinces in Canada are still under restrictions, the country recorded its second month of job losses in a row, for a total of 275,000 jobs lost for April and May combined.

Economists expect most of the job losses to be regained in the coming months as provinces reopen to nearly full-capacity.

The vaccination campaign has been ramping up in most provinces and vulnerable populations have largely been vaccinated. In most provinces, case counts and hospitalizations have been steadily decreasing. 

The province of Quebec, which is home to nearly 8.5 million, recorded only 197 new cases on Sunday. 

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