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Factories hire in December

Published by Steve Coleman on January 06, 2012

Manufacturing was one of the bright points in Canada's employment picture in December as the nation's total unemployment rate edged down one-tenth of a percentage point from the same time a year ago.

Statistics Canada says 7.5 per cent of people who could work were looking for a pay cheque in December. In December 2010, 7.6 per cent of Canadians counted themselves among the unemployed.

While the country's unemployment rate dropped in October and November, the final four weeks of the year saw 18,000 more Canadians out of a job.

Year-over-year, Canadian employers had 199,000 more employees on staff. Most of those 1.2 per cent additional jobs came in the first six months of 2011.

Compared to other fields, manufacturing was a bright spot in the Canadian economy. After several months of fewer people doing factory work, the number of manufacturing jobs rose 30,000 in December.

Nation-wide, there were 26,000 fewer full-time jobs in December, but 43,000 more people had found part-time work. The increase in part-time work brought levels back to where they were a year ago. A more stable economy resulted in 208,000 more full-time jobs nation-wide, a 1.5 per cent increase.

People with jobs were reported to be working 1.4 per cent more hours.

Statistics Canada says employment increased in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island in December. By comparison, unemployment rose in Quebec. Levels were stable in the rest of the country.

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