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Part-time gains weigh on jobless rate

08 October 2018

However, nearly all of the September job gains came from an increase in part-time employment and were mostly concentrated in Ontario and British Columbia with little change in other provinces.

The job gains were also nearly entirely in Ontario and British Columbia, with little change in the other provinces. "Following two very volatile months even for the LFS, the data was somehow able to surprise everyone once again".

Exports in August fell by 1.1 per cent, the biggest decline since January, partly due to lower shipments of motor vehicles, and imports dropped by 2.5 per cent for the same reason.

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Looking at it on a year-over-year basis, Canada has gained 222,000 jobs since September 2017.

Across the province, unemployment fell by 0.3 points to 6.4 per cent, fuelled by growth in part-time work, up by 2,900 positions, while the number of full-time jobs fell by 1,000.

Stats Can's monthly labour force survey found that nearly all of the job gains were made by workers in the core 25 to 54 age range, with virtually no change in youth employment.

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However, unlike the national gains, most of the jobs added in B.C. were full-time positions.

"The monthly gyrations in Canadian jobs data can make it tough to draw many firm conclusions on the true health of the economy, but the underlying picture looks reasonably solid", said BMO Financial Group chief economist Douglas Porter.

Advertisment Job seekers were more successful in landing jobs last month, according to new figures released Friday by Statistics Canada. This would contribute to the uptick in the jobless rate, as the number of people working is up from 96,300 this time past year to 97,900.

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Part-time gains weigh on jobless rate