City added jobs in November, jobless rate sits at 6.2%

City added jobs in November, jobless rate sits at 6.2%

Canada's unemployment rate sank to the 5.9 per cent in November from 6.3 per cent in October, thanks to 79,500 new jobs.

BC Stats has yet to release a detailed, sector by sector analysis of provincial job numbers for November.

Heather Gregg with Workforce Windsor Essex told CBC News last month that October's rate was temporarily inflated because so many workers at Fiat Chrysler and affiliated factories were off the job for temporary shutdowns. In November 2016, regional unemployment was at 10.1 per cent, the highest of B.C.'s development regions at the time.

Ontario enjoyed the biggest increase in employment last month, with 44,000 more people employed, mostly in wholesale and retail trade as well as in manufacturing, StatsCan reported. "Year-over-year employment gains in the province totalled 181,000 (+2.6 per cent), all in full-time work".

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The demographics that saw the greatest job gains in November were women aged 55 or older, youth aged 15 to 24, and "core-aged" men aged 25 to 54.

November's unemployment rate was the lowest November unemployment rate since comparable statistics started being recorded in 2001. Thomas jobless rate remained at 6.3% last month.

The labour market added 441,400 full-time positions year-over-year for an increase of three per cent and its strongest 12-month period of full-time job creation in 18 years. The gains were driven by full-time work, the report said. An April survey from temp agency Randstad Canada estimated 20 to 30 per cent of jobs in Canada today are "non-traditional", meaning temp work, contract work or self-employment.