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Economic Viewpoint

Quebec: Employment by Sector during COVID-19

April 20, 2020
François Dupuis, Vice-President and Chief Economist
Mathieu D’Anjou, Deputy Chief Economist • Joëlle Noreau, Senior Economist

Quebec’s economy went into shock when services deemed non-essential were closed on March 25. In February, Quebec’s unemployment rate had hit a record low of 4.5 %. Yet, within a few weeks, the labour market shifted from overheating to a state of partial paralysis. Not all economic sectors being equal in this kind of situation, some may take longer to recover than others. Below is an overview of the labour market and an indication of what is happening.

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