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Manufacturing jobs fall year-over-year

Published by Steve Coleman on February 03, 2012

Canada's employment picture changed little in January.

The country's unemployment rate edged up one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.6 per cent as more people looked for work. The number of available jobs changed little.

Year-over-year, the number of jobs rose by 129,000 to January. Most of that occurred in the first half of 2011.

Despite the flat job creation, the number of employees increased by 39,000 in January. The gains were split between private and public sector workers. At the same time, the number of self-employed fell by 37,000.

Compared with 12 months earlier, all of the employment gains have been among private sector employees. The number grew by 1.3 per cent. Both self-employment and public sector employment changed little.

The employment picture was a little better in January for manufacturing. In the last two months, the number of people working in manufacturing has risen 36,000. Even with the gains, the number of people collecting pay cheques from manufacturing work is down 2.5 per cent from the previous year. In terms of actual numbers, employment was down 44,000.



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