Canada experiences job growth in April

58,000 jobs added to the market, but most positions are part-time
||Last Updated: 05/06/2011

Employment in Canada continues to see positive growth as theunemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points to 7.6 per cent last month,Statistics Canada reports. Employment rose by 58,000 jobs, and year-over-year,April saw an employment increase of 283,000 jobs.

Most of the jobs created last month were in the part-time category,adding 41,100 positions. Analysts point this out as an indicator of a stillfragile job market. The 17,000 full-time jobs created last month, though, didbring employment rates back to the levels prior to the recession.

Almost all of the gains occurred in Ontario where 54,800jobs were added, bringing the unemployment rate for the province to 7.9 percent. This is the lowest the province has seen since October 2008. Newfoundlandand Labrador was the province that saw the second most growth in the country,adding 3,100 jobs.

The provinces that had the greatest loss last month wereNova Scotia, losing 5,500 jobs, and Manitoba, which lost 3,300 jobs.

Increases in April were mostly concentrated in the servicesector, which added 36,000 jobs.

The public sector, which experienced a decrease the previousmonth, saw an increase of 2.8 per cent. Employment benefited from an increaseof 1.6 per cent in the private sector. Self-employment remained almoststagnant.

American unemployment rates increased to 9.0 per cent lastmonth, up 0.2 percentage points from March. This is the first time the U.S.hasn’t seen a growth in employment in five months. Despite this change, “non-farmemployment” increased by 244,000 jobs.

U.S. employment in the private sector grew the most with again of 268,000. However, government employment numbers keep declining, droppingby 24,000 jobs last month. State and local governments continue to try to closetheir budget gaps.

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