Part-time gains weigh on jobless rate

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Canada bounced back after a tough August to add 63,000 positions to the job market in September.

The agency says September's increase in employment was largely driven by gains in part-time work, with part-time jobs up by around 80,000.

The job gains were also nearly entirely in Ontario and British Columbia, with most other provinces fairly static.

Around 13,000 jobs were added in finance, insurance, real estate and rental and leasing, mostly in Ontario and Alberta.

"Following two very volatile months even for the LFS, the data was somehow able to surprise everyone once again", he wrote, noting the massive gain in employment likely are reflecting a catchup in the survey, which he wrote, had been "lagging other more reliable indicators of job creation".

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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.

In Yukon, the unemployment rate sits at 3.2 per cent after the territory lost 400 jobs in the third quarter this year, bringing the unemployment rate there up by nearly one per cent.

Construction employed 17,700 in Greater Victoria in September, up from 14,500 in the same month a year ago. The number of jobs created mirrored the rise in the labour force.

The accommodation and food sector saw job numbers slump to 14,200 from 16,500 a year ago. Saskatoon's jobless rate, however, grew to 7.4 per cent from 7.2, as did Regina's, hitting 6.4, up from 6.3.

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