Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Unemployment drops again in Victoria, Statistics Canada

Unemployment drops again in Victoria, Statistics Canada

Immigrants also made up a larger share of Canada's work force in 2016, acounting for 23.8 per cent of the labour force, up from 21.2 per cent in 2006.

Four straight months of job losses in the nation's capital came to an end in November as local employers collectively added an additional 2,300 residents to their payrolls, Statistics Canada reported Friday.

According to Statistics Canada's monthly labour force report, about 82,600 people in the city had jobs last month, compared to 82,000 in October.

On the flip side, Fields said the biggest decline was in manufacturing, where 14,000 people were working last month, down about 6,500 from a year ago.

The unemployment rate in western Alberta dropped last month. "There were a bit over 3,000 more people searching for work compared with last November".

The labour market added 441,400 full-time positions year-over-year for an increase of three per cent and its strongest 12-month period of full-time job creation in 18 years.

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He also noted the most growth by sector was construction where 30,000 people were holding down jobs.

Canada-wide, the November numbers showed gains of 29,600 full-time jobs and 49,900 part-time positions in November.

The rate went down provincially, as well, with B.C. reporting an unemployment rate of 4.8 per cent in November, one basis point below October's rate and the lowest mark among all provinces. British Columbia added 18,200 jobs for a 0.7 per cent increase and Quebec created 16,200 positions for a 0.4 per cent increase.

"42,000 were working in that sector in November, up 2,700 people from November 2016".

According to Statistics Canada, they gathered the data between November 5 to November 11 and the figure has been adjusted to account for seasonal workers who may have transitioned out of work.

The report said the increase in real gross domestic product was driven by a one per cent expansion in household spending.

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