April 7, 2017 9:09 am

Canada’s labour market stays strong in March, as factory jobs post biggest gain since 2002

Canada added 19,400 net jobs in March, most of the full-time. The bulk of the employment gains came from the manufacturing sector.

Geoff Robins/The Canadian Press

Canada’s labour market gained another 19,400 net jobs last month – and the vast majority of the new work was full time.

But latest Statistics Canada job survey also shows the bulk of those new positions were in the self-employment category, which can include people working for a family business without pay. The agency says the country’s unemployment rate crept up in March to 6.7 per cent from 6.6 per cent because more people were looking for work.

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The country lost 2,400 positions in the services sector last month, but added 21,800 factory jobs thanks to the biggest month-to-month surge in manufacturing work since 2002.
Alberta easily saw the biggest boost among provinces by adding 20,700 full-time jobs last month and, at the other end of the spectrum, Quebec shed 17,800 full-time positions.

The number of private-sector jobs rose 13,700 between February and March, while public-sector positions dropped by 12,700.

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