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More Canadians looking for work

Published by Steve Coleman on September 09, 2011

Despite the fact more jobs were created in the last year, more Canadians are looking for work in August.

Labour force numbers released by Statistics Canada say the country's unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percent to 7.3 per cent nationally.

"In the past 12 months, employment has grown by 1.3 per cent (+223,000), primarily in Ontario and Alberta, and among private sector employees," says a Statistics Canada report released Sept. 9. "Over this period, full-time employment increased 2.2 per cent (+300,000), part-time work declined 2.3 per cent (-77,000) and total actual hours worked rose by 2.6 per cent."

Despite more people being out of work in several industries in August, employment levels were still higher than they were a year earlier.

Construction is still three per cent higher (37,000 more people) despite a 24,000 drop in the number of trades on job sites.

Transportation and warehousing was the largest net gainer for the month with 51,000 workers still collecting a pay cheque, despite 14,000 layoffs in August.

The natural resources sector took another 12,000 person body blow last month, dropping employment levels to 26,000 people less than August 2010.

Health care and social assistance employment rose by 50,000 positions in August, easily covering the ground lost in July. Stats Can says the industry is 2.9 per cent larger than it was a year ago.

Not much changed for manufacturers in August. However, there are still 40,000 more people collecting a pay cheque from making things than there were a year ago.

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