The unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 6.3% in October, Statistics Canada said Friday. Employment has been growing in the country, and it is mainly in Quebec that this increase has been observed.
In Canada, the increase is attributable to an increase in full-time employment (+89,000), while the number of people working part-time decreased (-53,000), the federal agency added.
Compared with 12 months earlier, employment increased by 308,000 (+ 1.7%), driven by the increase in full-time employment of 397,000 (+ 2.7% ) and the decline in the number of part-time workers by 89,000 (-2.5%). During the same period, the total number of hours worked increased by 2.7 percent.
The unemployment rate trended downward over the 12-month period ending in October, falling by 0.7 percentage points.
In October, the largest increase in employment was observed in Quebec. Employment grew by 18,000 in the province. Full-time employment increased (+33,000), while part-time employment decreased slightly. The unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 6.1%, following a significant downward trend since the beginning of 2016. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment in the province increased by 67,000 ( + 1.6%).
In New Brunswick, employment increased by 2300 in October, and the unemployment rate remained stable at 7.8%.