Windsor's unemployment rate sees significant drop

The drop in jobs was driven by a 137,000 decline in part-time work the biggest fall

The drop in jobs was driven by a 137,000 decline in part-time work the biggest fall

Statistics Canada's latest jobs survey says the overall decline helped push the national unemployment rate up to 5.9 per cent in January, from a revised 5.8 per cent the previous month.

"Market participants are getting schooled in the ways of Canada's employment numbers, and the lesson seems to be that when they're too good to be true, they might not be", CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld said in a note.

It's the second straight month of job losses in the Greater Sudbury area.

In Ontario, which increased its minimum wage in January, employment fell during the month, due to losses in part-time work. That put about 500 people temporarily out of work, although some of those have since been recalled.

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But on the other hand, the agency said the economy generated 49,000 full-time positions last month.

The jobless rate in Nanaimo also increased to 4.8 per cent, compared to 4.7 per cent in December. In Ontario, 51,000 jobs were lost followed by Quebec which saw a decline of 17,000 jobs.

For Ontario, some experts raised the possibility of a link between the provincial drop and the introduction last month of a controversial minimum-wage hike.

The report is a long-waited correction in a tightening labor market that is more consistent with an economy that has been slowing down since the second half of past year.

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The jobless rate for January was 5.5%, unchanged from December.

The Canadian dollar rose after the report, gaining at C$1.2595 per us dollar.

The jobs survey shows Victoria remains among the lowest in the country with only Quebec City at a lower rate.

The Alberta unemployment rose from 6.9% in December to 7.0% last month. Full-time employment is up 558,900 over the past 18 months, near record levels hit in 2000.

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Overall, the latest labour market data "bring the job market back down to Earth, and reinforces the view that the Bank of Canada will proceed ultra-cautiously through the rest of this year", Porter wrote. Core-aged men saw little change in employment.

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