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December’s Labour Force Survey results issued by Statistics Canada show a +55,000 increase in total jobs. That is a year-over-year gain of +4.8%.

Manufacturing’s net jobs figure in December was +10,000. Construction did better at +27,000. In November, Canadian housing stats climbed above 300,000 units seasonally adjusted and annualized (SAAR).

Canada’s overall +55,000 gain in total employment was a result of full-time jobs rising by +122,000, and part-time jobs retreating by -67,000.

December notwithstanding, Canadian part-time jobs are now +6.0% y/y, beating the performance of full-time jobs, +4.5% y/y.

Quebec is the province with the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment (SAU) rate, 4.6%. Not far behind are Manitoba, 5.2%; British Columbia, 5.3%; and Saskatchewan, 5.4%. The SAU rates for Ontario and Alberta are 6.0% and 7.3% respectively.

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