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“Employment rose by 63,000 in September, driven by an increase in part-time employment. The unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage points to 5.9%,” Statistics Canada reported on Friday.

Key highlights

  • Compared with September 2017, employment was up 222,000 or 1.2%, entirely the result of gains in full-time work (+224,000).
  • Over the same period, total hours worked increased 0.7%.
  • Employment rose by 96,000 among private sector employees in September, the first increase since November 2017.
  • The number of self-employed workers fell by 35,000 in the month.