New Jobs as the Recovery Matures

January 1 st 1986

By November of 1985, Canada's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate had fallen to 10.2 per cent, one full percentage point down from the rate eight months earlier. This drop results from the creation of 304,000 new jobs, which pushed total employment to 11.47 million in November. However, the new employment was not evenly distributed—Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick picked up 84 per cent of the new jobs, although they are home to only two-thirds of Canada's labour force.

Ana1ysts explain that as companies gain more confidence in the economy, they hire additional workers to meet new demands, rather than ask present employees to put in overtime. (Globe and Mail, December 10, 1985)


Harry Antonides came to Canada in 1948, initially working as a farm hand and railway labourer. After over a decade working in a chemical plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Harry joined the newly forming Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) in 1962 as a field representative. By 1970 Harry became director of research and education. In 1974, he was a founding member of the Work Research Foundation (now Cardus) and publisher of their sole publication, Comment magazine. A prolific writer and dynamic speaker, Harry delivered lectures all over North America and published numerous articles, reviews, and essays. He is author of several books on Christianity, labour, and economics, including Multinationals and the Peacable Kingdom (1978) and Stones for Bread: The Social Gospel and its Contemporary Legacy (1985). Harry is retired and lives with his wife Janet in Willowdale, Ontario.