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Canada adds 9,300 jobs, gains are in part-time and among self-employed

January 04, 2019

Canada added 9,300 jobs in December to bring total employment to more than 18.8 million, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by Statistics Canada. The number of full-time jobs fell by 18,900, but the number of part-time jobs rose by 28,300.

In addition, the gain in jobs for December was propelled by the number of self-employed people, which rose by 46,400 in December. That increase more than offset the decline of 17,100 public-sector employees and 20,000 private-sector employees.

December’s unemployment rate was 5.6%, unchanged from November.

For the year, employment rose by 163,000 jobs, an increase of 9.9% compared to the increase of 2.3% in 2017.

Looking at just Ontario, the number of jobs rose by 17,600 in December compared to November. The province added 29,300 part-time jobs and lost 11,600 full-time jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.6% in November.

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