Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Adds 67,200 Jobs with Help from Boost in Part-Time, Self-Employed Work

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Adds 67,200 Jobs with Help from Boost in Part-Time, Self-Employed Work

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Canada gains 67,200 net jobs in September

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OTTAWA - The country's labour force beat expectations last month by gaining a healthy 67,200 net new jobs, with most of the increase concentrated in part-time and self-employed work, Statistics Canada said Friday.

Despite the surge, the agency's latest jobs survey said the national unemployment rate didn't budge -- remaining seven per cent for the second straight month -- as more people entered the workforce.

Of the new jobs, 44,100 of them were considered part-time work, while 50,100 were self-employed positions -- some of which may have been unpaid.

The more-desirable categories of full-time work saw a boost of 23,000 jobs, while paid employee positions rose 17,000 last month, the report said.

"It was not a perfect report in September, but still, it's a big number and we're encouraged by that," National Bank senior economist Krishen Rangasamy said in an interview.

The numbers also showed a huge boost in employment last month for Canadians aged 55 years and older, as 56,400 people in that demographic found work, including 37,900 additional positions for women.

A consensus of economists had projected the country would add 10,000 positions in September and that the jobless rate would stay at seven per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.

"Overall, the data are obviously an upside surprise, and add to the picture of strength in the economy in (the third quarter) that completes the recovery from a fire-distorted (second quarter)," CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld wrote, with a reference to the Alberta wildfires in May that forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray.

"The tie breaker will be the fourth quarter, with these job figures helping create some momentum for that trimester."

Quebec saw the biggest increase last month, with 38,300 new jobs, while Ontario gained 16,200 positions, Alberta added 13,300 and New Brunswick gained 4,400. …

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