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More Canadians working

Published by Steve Coleman on October 07, 2011

More Canadians were working full-time jobs in September.

Statistics Canada says the number of people brought back into the workforce rose 61,000 in September, enough to push the national unemployment rate down 0.2 per cent to 7.1 per cent. The percentage is the country's lowest unemployment figure since December 2008.

In year-to-year statistics, the most of the more than 294,000 jobs created (1.7 percentage points) has come in Ontario and Alberta. Stats Can says full-time work increased 2.5 per cent (up 344,000), part-time work declined 1.5 per cent (50,000 fewer) and the total number of hours spent on the job rose two per cent.

"September's employment increase was spread across a number of industries, with gains in educational services; professional, scientific and technical services; accommodation and food services; natural resources; and public administration," says an Oct. 7 Statistics Canada release." These gains were partially offset by declines in finance, insurance, real estate and leasing; manufacturing; and information, culture and recreation."

British Columbians gained the most from the good news Employment in Canada's western-most province rose by 32,000, all in full-time work. It was BC's first major gain since July 2010. The unemployment rate fell by 0.8 percentage points to 6.7 per cent in September.

Broken down by age, people between 25 and 54 gained the most with 25,000 more working in September. Compared to the same time last year, there were 1.2 per cent (146,000) more workers in that age group on the job.

In September, employment grew by 21,000 among 55-and-older workers. In the last year, employment for this age group is up 2.7 per cent (81,000 more).

Employment among youths 15-24 was up by a small amount, bringing growth since September 2010 to 2.8 per cent (68,000 more).

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