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Canada adds 81,100 jobs in August, largely in part-time work

September 06, 2019

Following three consecutive months of little change, Canada added 81,100 jobs in August, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by Statistics Canada. On a year-over-year basis, the number of jobs was up by 471,300.

Job gains in August were largely in part-time work; the number of full-time jobs rose by 23,800, and the number of part-time jobs rose by 57,200.

In addition, the unemployment rate remained at 5.7% in August.

The number of private sector employees increased in August, more than offsetting the decline in July.

There were more people employed in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing; educational services; and in professional, scientific and technical services. On the flip side, employment declined in business, building and other support services.

The bulk of the employment increase in August was in Ontario and Quebec. There were also smaller gains in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. Employment held steady in the other provinces.

Following two months of little change, Ontario gained 57,800 jobs in August compared to July, all in part-time work. It gained 61,000 part-time jobs, partially offset by a loss of 3,200 full-time jobs.

Ontario’s unemployment rate edged down to 5.6% in August from 5.7% in July.

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