OTTAWA—The country’s labour force beat expectations last month by gaining a healthy 67,200 net new jobs, with most of the increase concentrated in part-time and self-employed work, Statistics Canada said Oct. 7.
Despite the surge, the agency’s latest jobs survey said the national unemployment rate didn’t budge—remaining seven per cent for the second straight month—as more people entered the workforce.
Of the new jobs, 44,100 of them were considered part-time work, while 50,100 were self-employed positions—some of which may have been unpaid.
The more-desirable categories of full-time work saw a boost of 23,000 jobs, while paid employee positions rose 17,000 last month, the report said.
The numbers also showed a huge boost in employment last month for Canadians aged 55 years and older, as 56,400 people in that demographic found work, including 37,900 additional positions for women.
A consensus of economists had projected the country would add 10,000 positions in September and that the jobless rate would stay at seven per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.
Quebec saw the biggest increase last month, with 38,300 new jobs, while Ontario gained 16,200 positions, Alberta added 13,300 and New Brunswick gained 4,400. Employment in British Columbia slipped by 600 positions, but on a year-over-year basis it still led all provinces with the fastest growth rate of 2.6 per cent.
Compared to a year earlier, Canada overall had 138,800 more jobs last month for an increase or 0.8 per cent—including 88,500 part-time positions.
In September, the country’s services sector added 55,500 new jobs, with much of the increase in public administration and educational services positions. The goods-producing industries gained 11,600 jobs with construction and manufacturing work providing the biggest boosts.
Private-sector work rose by 17,900 jobs last month, while public-sector positions fell by 800, the survey said.