In its monthly release, Statistics Canada said the rate dipped across Canada largely because fewer youths were looking for work. Around 212,000 jobs were created last month, a growth of 1.2 per cent, but “the employment rate was little changed, as employment and the working-age population grew at a similar pace,” StatsCan said.
Part-time employment is also growing at a faster pace than full time, it said.
Employment in Ontario followed a similar pattern last month. The jobless rate decreased by 0.2 per cent to 7.3%, as fewer youths looked for work. Saskatchewan’s rate, by comparison, was 4.2 per cent, while Alberta's was 4.6 per cent.
“Compared with 12 months earlier, employment in the province grew by 1.7%, above the national average of 1.2%,” StatsCan said.
Sudbury added about 300 jobs last month, but growth was offset by an increase in the number of people looking for work of about 500. The rate at the same time last year was 6.7 per cent.
Prince Edward Island reported the highest jobless rate last month, at 11.2 per cent, followed by Newfoundland and Labrador (10.8) and New Brunswick (10.5).