The June job gains were almost evenly split between new full-time work (488,000) and new part-time gigs (465,000).
Gain in employment, however, were not equal.
While the addition of hundreds of thousands of jobs is a step in the right direction, the still-high unemployment rate shows more work still needs to be done to help Canadians weather the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Saskatchewan saw an increase of 30,300 jobs (seasonally adjusted), or 6.0 per cent, in June compared to May. "That may reflect an increase in the demand for jobs, as well as an increase in confidence that people will have the opportunity to go back to work as they start looking again".
The depths of the pandemic in March and April saw 5.5 million Canadians affected: three million from lost jobs and 2.5 million absences from work.
Financial data firm Refinitiv says the average economist estimate for June is for employment to increase by 700,000 jobs and the unemployment rate to fall to 12.0 per cent.
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Also, gains nationally were not shared equally among groups, with women, youth and low-wage workers still slower to rebound, which Stanford said could be problematic if those jobs don't ever come back.
Statistics Canada said the majority of the jobs - 20,000 - were full-time positions.
Following the June decline, 844,000 workers, one-third of the unemployed, remain on temporary layoff, while 1.6 million Canadians, two-thirds of the jobless, were searching for work in June.
As restrictions eased, the number of people participating in the labour force grew by about 786,000 after May's 491,000 gain, bringing those considered in the labour force to within 443,000 of its pre-pandemic level. Over 118,000 jobs were created in B.C., with 953,000 created across Canada.
With economies opening up further since this mid-June survey, he expects to see another solid advance next month as well, Porter added.
The economic outlook released by the Liberal government Wednesday forecast the unemployment rate to be 9.8 per cent for the calendar year, dropping to 7.8 per cent next year based on forecasts by 13 private sector economists.