Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Canada adds 54,000 jobs in July

'Another head scratcher': ​Canada adds 54100 jobs in July Montreal unemployment rate inches up in July
Rhonda Young | 13 August, 2018, 01:58

The Bank of Canada raised its key lending rate in July by 0.25 percentage points to 1.50 percent.

OTTAWA-Job creation soared above expectations in July as large gains in part-time, public sector positions helped nudge down the unemployment rate.

Across Canada, 54,100 jobs were added to the economy in July.

It isn't expected to be earth shattering news as estimates suggest about 15,000 jobs were created last month.

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Year-over-year the unemployment rate is up from July 2017 when it sat at 6.6 per cent in a labour pool of 40,800 people.

In Saskatoon, the jobless rate rose marginally to 7.1 from 7.0 per cent, while the Queen City held steady at 6.5.

The healthy rise though was driven entire by part-time employment, which jumped by 82,000 jobs, while 28,000 full-time positions were shed.

"In the wacky world of Canada's monthly employment numbers, July came up with another head scratcher, with some big headlines but some disappointments in the fine print", CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld wrote Friday in a research note to clients.

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The national statistics agency also reported cooling average hourly wage growth, an aspect closely monitored by the Bank of Canada, sliding to 3.2 per cent year-over-year in July from 3.6 per cent last month and 3.9 per cent in May.

In contrast, employment fell in most goods-producing sectors, specifically manufacturing, construction and natural resources.

Market expectations of an interest rate hike in September, as reflected in the overnight index swaps market, rose to 27.08 percent from 23.32 percent before the release.

"Ontario's share of paid employment in Canada [is] at roughly 39% in 2018, an increase compared to a year ago".

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More women between the ages of 25 and 54 years old were working in July as the category saw a gain of 30,300 jobs.

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