Canada's unemployment rate hits lowest level since 2008

Worker grinds a piece of metal in a factory

Worker grinds a piece of metal in a factory

The Alberta unemployment rate for last month was 7.3 per cent, down from October's 7.8 per cent.

The figures are a considerable improvement compared to the same time in 2016, when Sudbury's jobless rate was 7.5 per cent and 83,400 people had jobs.

Full-time work has driven a year's worth of job gains in Canada, pushing November's unemployment rate to the lowest in almost a decade.

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Ontario enjoyed the biggest increase in employment last month, with 44,000 more people employed, mostly in wholesale and retail trade as well as in manufacturing, StatsCan reported.

Nearly 4,000 new jobs were created in the London area in November, but there was no change in the unemployment rate. "Ontario has seen a downward trend in the unemployment rate since the start of 2016". The province has gained 34,000 full-time jobs over the past year.

The demographics that saw the greatest job gains in November were women aged 55 or older, youth aged 15 to 24, and "core-aged" men aged 25 to 54.

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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 past year.

Factory jobs rose 37,400 last month, while the services sector added 42,100 positions.

The census numbers are a stark contrast to Friday's job numbers, which showed Canada adding 390,000 net new jobs over the past year, representing a 2.1 per cent increase in total jobs - faster than population growth.

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On a year-over-year basis, the number of people drawing a paycheque in Saskatchewan was down one percent from November of 2016.

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