A surge in full-time, public-sector work fuelled a 10th-straight month of net job gains to match the economy’s longest monthly streak since the financial crisis nine years ago, Statistics Canada said Friday.
In Alberta, the unemployment rate pulled back two-tenths of a percentage point in September, from 8.1 to 7.9
The rate in Calgary remained unchanged at 8.5
Nationally, the unemployment rate stayed at a nine-year low of 6.2
The rise in full-time work more than offset a drop of 102,000 part-time jobs, however, last month’s job gains were entirely driven by growth in public-sector employment.
The September figures also showed yet another improvement in the important indicator of wage growth. Compared to the year before, the report said average hourly wages grew at the above-inflation pace of 2.2
The numbers show the employment increase was also concentrated in factory work as the goods-producing sector added 10,500 jobs, compared to a loss of 500 positions in the services industry.
The survey detected a gain of 10,800 paid employee jobs, while the number of people who described themselves as self-employed, including unpaid workers in family businesses, fell by 800.
Statistics Canada said Ontario gained 34,700 jobs in September for its fourth monthly increase in five months and, compared to a year earlier, the province’s employment was 2.4
Overall, the national numbers show that Canada’s year-over-year employment expanded 1.8
The run of 10-consecutive months of job creation marked the country’s longest streak of total employment gains since February 2008.
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