Canada: More Jobs, Fewer Hours in February

By Charles Lefebvre

Ontario was the sole province with a notable employment gain.

Employers in Ottawa-Gatineau added 7,300 jobs to their payrolls in February, pushing the region's unemployment rate down one percentage point to 5.1 per cent, Statistics Canada said Friday.

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The much-stronger-than-expected labor market is the only thing giving policy makers comfort amid a run of bleak data in recent months.

"To support economic growth in B.C. over the long term, our government is making historic investments in this year's balanced budget to create more opportunities for people". "Maybe it's just resting, since today's jobs data seem to suggest that there's a lot of life left in it".

Overall for B.C., unemployment remained low at a rate of 4.5 percent; the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the past 18 months in a row. Most economists expect the sluggishness to persist in the first six months of this year, before growth picks up steam later in 2019.

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The surge followed an even bigger gain of 66,800 positions in January.

The unemployment rate in New Brunswick rose to 8.5 per cent in February after the loss of 900 full-time jobs. The Canadian dollar jumped on the news, gaining 0.4 percent to C$1.34012 per USA dollar at 8:36 a.m. The Canadian dollar strengthened against the USA dollar on Friday after Canadian CPI data showed an increase in core inflation.

The labor force increased by 55,100 in February, and is up by 159,000 so far this year.

The unemployment rate held firm last month at 5.8 per cent as more people hunted for work, the agency said in its latest labour force survey.

"A total of 67,400 full-time positions were added during the month but 11,600 part-time jobs were shed, accounting for the 56,000 net total".

Even the wage picture is looking better. The average year-over-year wage growth of permanent employees - a figure closely watched by the central bank - was 2.2 percent in February, up from 1.8 percent in January.

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