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Employment down slightly in March but higher than same time last year

Published by Stephanie Brooks on April 11, 2013

The number of full-time workers dropped by 55,000 in March, but employment is still 1.2 per cent higher than what it was at the same time in 2012, according to the latest Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada.

After a period of employment growth in February 2013, job losses in accommodation and food services, public administration and manufacturing brought the unemployment rate to 7.2 per cent.

However, numbers are still more positive than what they were 12 months ago, according to the report. Employment is 203,000 above last year, and over the same period, the total number of hours worked rose by 1.2 per cent. Employment in March also increased among those self-employed, by 39,000.

Last month’s decline can be attributed primarily to employment drops in Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, with the only province posting improved numbers being Nova Scotia. It was felt predominantly by those in the private sector, at 85,000, and by those aged 25 to 54. 

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