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Canada created 29,000 jobs in January

Staff writer |
According to Statistics Canada, the Canadian economy created 29,000 jobs in January 2014 (seasonally adjusted data). With this increase, employment in the past 12 months grew by a total of 146,000 jobs, up by 0.8 per cent.

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This represents an average monthly increase of more than 12,000 jobs. In Quebec, employment grew by 12,700 jobs in January, a 0.3 per cent increase.

When compared to the previous month, all of Quebec's Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) registered an increase in employment in January except for Montreal and Saguenay.

In Canada, the unemployment rate decreased slightly by 0.2 percentage points in January due to an increase in full-time work. This result is unchanged compared to January of last year.

In Quebec, the unemployment rate also decreased by 0.2 percentage points to reach 7.5 per cent, due to an increase in part-time work. For the province of Quebec, the past 12 months have been characterized by a slight increase in the unemployment rate of 0.4 percentage points.

The unemployment rate decreased in half of the province's CMAs (Montreal, Gatineau and Quebec City) and increased in the Saguenay, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivieres CMAs. Over the past 12 months, the Quebec City and Saguenay CMAs were the only two to register a decrease in unemployment rate, while it remained stable in the Gatineau CMA.

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