Montreal unemployment rate drops below Toronto's (again) in January

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He said it's also important to consider that growth in Canada's population and labour force has accelerated, thanks in large part to immigration.

The rate sat at 5.2 per cent in November and 4.8 in October. Last month, that went up to 6.8%, according to the Statistic Canada assessment.

The average year-over-year wage growth of permanent employees - a figure closely watched by the central bank - was 1.8 percent in January, up slightly from 1.5 percent in December.

Ontario and Quebec had the biggest employment increases last month.

The significance is that had people not left the labour force in the numbers they did, our jobless rate would now be significantly higher. Due to this, the country nearly needs big monthly job numbers just to keep the unemployment rate steady, Porter added.

The statistics show that Camrose-Drumheller has the highest unemployment rate of all the economic regions in the province.

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In January 2018, the jobless rate in the Camrose-Drumheller region was only 4.9%. Stephen from 7.1 to 6.5, Fredericton-Oromocto from 7.9 to 7.7 and Edmundston-Woodstock from 7.4 to 7.3. This was followed up by Nova Scotia at 9.9% and New Brunswick at 8.2%.

Canada added 67,000 jobs in January, but the unemployment rate still climbed 0.2 percentage points to 5.8 percent as more people started the year looking for work, the government statistical agency said Friday.

The region with the lowest rate in Alberta is Red Deer at 4.4 per cent while the province's overall is 6.8.

There was an increase in people working in service-producing industries led by wholesale and retail trade, professional, scientific and technical services, and public administration.

Canada saw 66,800 net new jobs in January, fuelled by a hiring surge in the private sector.

The jobless rate, in Canada, for men 25 years of age or older was 5.2%. In Alberta, the rates were 6.7% (men) and 5.3% (women).

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