Canada’s economy exceeded expectations by adding 67,000 jobs in September.
Most jobs were part-time and self-employed work.
Statistics Canada reports despite the surge, the national unemployment rate didn’t budge from 7% for the second straight month as more people entered the workforce.
The report says 44,100 of the added jobs were considered part-time work, while 50,100 were self-employed positions _ some of which may have been unpaid.
The agency says the more-desirable categories of full-time work saw a boost of 23,000 jobs, while paid employee positions rose 17,000 last month.
A consensus of economists had projected the country to add 10,000 positions and for the jobless rate to stay at seven per cent.
BC’s jobless rate rose slightly to 5.7% from 5.5%. It is the lowest in the country.
Here are the jobless rates last month by province (previous month in brackets):
_ Newfoundland and Labrador 13.6 per cent (12.3)
_ Prince Edward Island 10.8 (12.1)
_ Nova Scotia 8.1 (8.5)
_ New Brunswick 9.3 (9.4)
_ Quebec 6.9 (7.1)
_ Ontario 6.6 (6.7)
_ Manitoba 6.4 (5.9)
_ Saskatchewan 6.8 (6.3)
_ Alberta 8.5 (8.4)
_ British Columbia 5.7 (5.5)