Canada's jobless rate edges higher to 5.8 pct in January

The Canadian economy added nearly 67,000 net new jobs in January with strong gains in the private sector

The Canadian economy added nearly 67,000 net new jobs in January with strong gains in the private sector

In contrast, Alberta saw a second straight month of declines, down 16,000 positions, vaulting the unemployment rate to 6.8 per cent.

The unemployment rate in the Montreal region was down slightly in January from the month before, falling below the level in Toronto once again.

Victoria saw no change in its jobless rate last month, holding at 3.6 per cent that was reported in December.

In the Edmonton census metropolitan area, the unemployment rate rose from 6.3 per cent in December to 6.4 per cent in January.

Across Canada, the unemployment was for January 2019 was highest in Newfoundland and Labrador, at 11.4%.

There was an increase in people working in service-producing industries led by wholesale and retail trade, professional, scientific and technical services, and public administration.

Compared to a year earlier - January 2018 - the province gained 10,700 employment opportunities, but 25,200 of those jobs were part-time, meaning there was a loss of 14,400 full-time jobs over the past year.

That six-percentage point decline was about three times faster than that of Canada as a whole. "We actually saw a record gain in private-sector payrolls".

"The wild ride continues for Canadian employment readings".

The unemployment rate has seen an overall decrease since last January, dropping 0.7 per cent.

According to BC Stats, the province saw job gains in agriculture, up 1,100 jobs, and utilities, up 500 jobs.

The details were relatively solid too, with the all of the jobs coming in paid employment and a slight tick up in wage growth despite Ontario's minimum wage increase falling out of the annual calculation.

Mendes predicted that first quarter economic growth is still likely to be "somewhat weak" due to struggles getting oil to new markets due to regulatory delays in building new pipelines.

The nation-wide data can be viewed through Statistics Canada's website.

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