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Jobless rate edges up

Published by Steve Coleman on May 11, 2012

While more people found work in April, more job hunters on the lookout increased Canada's jobless rate.

The number of people working increased 58,000. Most of those were full-time jobs. However, with more people looking for work, the unemployment rate increased 0.1 per cent to 7.3 per cent, overall.

Compared to the same time a year earlier, Statistics Canada says employment was up 214,000, the equivalent of 1.2 per cent. All of that growth was in full-time jobs and people worked 1.5 per cent more hours as a result of little change in the number of part-time positions.

Most of the gains in April came in the goods sector, with increases in construction, manufacturing, natural resources and agriculture. Among service industries, education employment increased, while public administration declined.

Employment increased in Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. There was little change in the other three provinces.

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