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Canada adds 12,000 jobs, unemployment rises to 7.1%

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Employment in Canada was little changed for the fourth consecutive month in September (+12,000 or +0.1%).

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The unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 7.1% as more people participated in the labour market.

Part-time employment rose by 74,000 in September, which was largely offset by a decline of 62,000 in full time.

Following gains of 63,000 (+0.4%) in the first quarter, and 33,000 (+0.2%) in the second quarter, employment grew by 31,000 (+0.2%) in the third quarter of 2015.

In the 12 months to September, employment increased by 161,000 (+0.9%), with all of the gains in full-time work. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked rose by 1.1%.

In September, employment increased among people aged 55 and older and was little changed for the other demographic groups.

The number of self-employed workers increased, while public sector employment declined. There was little change in the number of private sector employees.

Adjusted to the concepts used in the United States, the unemployment rate in Canada was 6% in September compared with 5.1% in the United States.

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