In March and April, a disproportionate share of job loss was felt by youth, women and low-paid workers.
At the time of the labour survey, Toronto had yet to move on to the next stage of reopening.
The June unemployment rate remained high at 11.6 per cent. Had they been counted, the unemployment rate would have been 16.3 per cent.More news: Daily COVID-19 numbers reveal 632 new cases, five new fatalities
All major demographic groups in the country saw a decline. Building on this, the month of June helped alleviate low unemployment rates across the country as employment increased by a record 953,000 people. There were 7,700 people unemployed in June, an increase over the 7,000 the month before. That's the first increase the province has seen since the shutdown.
"The total net job loss since the start of the pandemic stands at 235,000 ... while that's a large number, those are people, those are families, those are individuals in communities".
"So no question these numbers are encouraging, but as I said, we have a long road to go", James said, adding that thousands of B.C. residents and businesses are still struggling.
Even with the increase in jobs in June, StatCan said there were nearly 44,000 fewer people working in Saskatchewan than the same period a year ago.More news: Juice WRLD's 'Legends Never Die': Album Review
"With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in May and June, the initial recovery of employment-to within 9.2% of pre-COVID levels-has been sharper than in previous downturns, when recovery to pre-downturn employment has taken from two to five years".
Employment in construction also saw a slight rise and between May and June, 160,000 jobs in the sector have been recorded.
Nationally, employment figures were slightly better in June compared to May.
She and other ministers are now reshaping programs so fewer workers stay on the $80-billion emergency benefit, and more get tied to jobs through the $82-billion wage subsidy program.More news: EU's Barnier says significant differences persist in Brexit talks