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Job creation falls flat in July

Published by Steve Coleman on August 05, 2011

The summer slump caught up with Canadian employers in July.

After three months of consecutive increases, national employment numbers declined 0.2 per cent in July as more people gave up looking for work.

While the numbers were flat, compared to June, the country`s economic turnaround has put 252,000 more jobs on the market, compared with July 2010. The year-over-year 1.5 per cent increase came as full-time private sector work.

Construction, transportation and warehousing as well as retail and wholesale trade posted the largest gains. At the same time, there were decreases in health care and social assistance; educational services; business, building and other support services; natural resources as well as agriculture.

While the private sector was hiring, the public sector was laying people off. Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador both reported more people working during the month, while unemployment increased in Ontario. Other provinces reported no to little change in their employment numbers.

In July, 15-16 year olds looking for summer jobs reported more problems finding work than older students. Their unemployment rate was similar to July 2009, while the unemployment rate 20-24-year-old students dropped by half.

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