Regional unemployment rate rose nearly one percent between December and January

New Brunswick adds 3,600 jobs in January, pushing unemployment rate down

New Brunswick adds 3,600 jobs in January, pushing unemployment rate down

It was 6.4 per cent in Toronto.

Alberta lost 15,500 jobs from December to January, with 14,600 of those being full-time, the Statistics Canada data showed.

The employment rate was down from 62.8 per cent in December to 62.6 per cent in January.

In B.C., Stats Canada says the unemployment rate climbed three-tenths to 4.7 per cent in January, still the lowest of any Canadian province.

Statistics Canada reported on Friday that employers added 66,800 jobs in January, far more than the gain of 8,000 that analysts forecast in a Reuters poll, while the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.8 percent as more people sought work.

In the Edmonton census metropolitan area, the unemployment rate rose from 6.3 per cent in December to 6.4 per cent in January.

Locally, the number of people listed as employed has gone up from about 20,600 last year to an estimated 21,600 this year.

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

"Definitely the headline job gain was very impressive", said BMO chief economist Douglas Porter.

Last month, the rate was at 5.4%, nearly a full percentage point jump.

By region, Ontario and Quebec had the biggest employment increases last month. The unemployment rate did rise, but only because of an increase in the participation rate.

Even with the improvement, the January number remained just under the inflation level, which suggests Canadians' salaries could have a tough time keeping up with rising prices for consumer goods.

Mendes predicted that first quarter economic growth is still likely to be "somewhat weak" due to struggles getting oil to new markets due to regulatory delays in building new pipelines.

Across the province, the unemployment rate was down slightly from 5.5 per cent to 5.4 per cent - the second-lowest rate in the country, after British Columbia, where the unemployment rate was 4.7 per cent.

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