January unemployment up from December, drops from start of 2018

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Canada's unemployment rate rose to 5.8 percent from 5.6 percent in December despite adding 66,800 new jobs in January, according to the results of a survey released by Statistics Canada Friday.

The region finished 2018 with a 4.7% unemployment rate in December, when 40,300 were employed.

Part-time job gains outpaced full-time, 36,000 versus 30,900, and youth age 15 to 24 led employment growth, accounting for a whopping 79 percent of total job gains and virtually all the part-time gains.

British Columbia, meanwhile, sits at 4.7 per cent for last month which is a small increase from the 4.4 percentage in December, while nationally, the unemployment rate increased to 5.8 per cent, up from 5.6 in December. That's a jump of 0.4 per cent from last month.

The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw an increase in January. This article is strictly for informational purposes only. The number of self-employed workers fell by 61,000 last month.

In a note to clients Friday, CIBC Chief Economist Royce Mendes wrote the latest job readings were "a auto stuck on one of Canada's clogged highways: speeding up then slowing down just to speed back up again".

Across Canada, the unemployment was for January 2019 was highest in Newfoundland and Labrador, at 11.4%.

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"Overall, it's been a good day for readings on the Canadian economy".

"Labour markets still look solid".

While there were close to 16,000 fewer jobs in January, on an annual basis employment was actually up by 10,700 positions.

She said the struggles of energy-producing provinces, which began with the late-2014 oil slump, have been a big factor that has dragged down national wage-growth numbers. The central bank stayed on the sidelines last month after five hikes since July 2017, and most analysts expect no action.

The rise in the unemployment rate was attributable to an expansion in the labor force with more people seeking jobs.

By region, Ontario and Quebec had the biggest employment increases last month.

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