Jobless rate rises in August, StatsCan reports

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Jobless rate rises in August, StatsCan reports

Provincially, 5.7 per cent of the labour force was actively looking for a job in August, while nationally the percentage was 6 per cent.

The Canadian economy shed jobs in August following two months of increases and the jobless rate rose, largely due to falling government hiring, StatsCan reported Friday.

OTTAWA-The Canadian economy unexpectedly shed jobs in August on a sharp drop in part-time work, helping to push the unemployment rate to 6.0%. It was 60.8 per cent last month compared to 60.5 per cent in July, 60.4 per cent in June, 60.3 per cent in May, and 59.3 per cent in April.

P.E.I. saw a modest decrease in its unemployment rate last month, bucking a national trend. The August employment numbers followed an increase of 54,100 positions in July, according to CTV News. That is a sharp contrast to the 12.1 per cent unemployment seen in 2010.

The drop was fueled by 92,000 part-time positions lost, although full-time jobs increased by 40,400.

Employment in Alberta increased by 16,000, and the unemployment rate remained at 6.7% as more people participated in the labour market.

British Columbia's 5.3 per cent rate in August was the lowest in the country, though that rate was up from five per cent in July.

The services sector shed 21,200 jobs in August after shedding 22,100 positions in professional, scientific and technical services.

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