Sask. unemployment drops, Canada's rate on the rise

Sask. unemployment drops, Canada's rate on the rise

Sask. unemployment drops, Canada's rate on the rise

The province as a whole also showed improvement, as B.C.'s unemployment rate fell to 4.9 per cent in October from 5.1 per cent the previous month and 5.8 per cent at the end of October 2016. Information, culture and recreation industries added 15,300 jobs.

In Alberta's largest cities, the unemployment rate also came down in October, but it remains above the provincewide rate and well above the national average.

According to Statistics Canada, 35,000 net new jobs were created last month - twice as many as expected - as more people found full-time work and part-time employment declined.

Canada added 35,300 jobs in October from September to a total of nearly 18.5 million jobs as gains in full-time work offset a loss of part-time jobs, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by Statistics Canada.


A separate trade report Friday was more in line with the current trend of weakening data, as exports continued falling and deficits surpassed C$3 billion for a fourth month. The number of full-time positions went up by 88,700, while part-time employment went down by 53,400 jobs, pushing the unemployment rate up to 6.3 per cent from 6.2 in September. The participation rate increased to 65.7 per cdent Goods-producing industries were behind the gain in October, generating 33.9k jobs versus 1.4k jobs in services All the new jobs were in the private sector. Manitoba added 4,000 jobs and Newfoundland and Labrador rose by 3,400.

Offsetting those gains, the wholesale and retail trade sector lost 35,900 positions. Prices of exports fell 0.6 per cent, while volumes grew 0.3 per cent.

StatsCan reported that there were 82,000 jobs in Greater Sudbury in October, compared to 81,600 in September.

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