Canadian economy sheds 35,700 jobs

Toronto, December 11 (CINEWS): The Canadian economy shed 35,700 jobs in November to reverse a rise in temporary work likely generated by October’s federal election, Statistics Canada said Friday.
The number of public-administration jobs fell by 32,500 in November to offset an October increase of 32,000 positions in the same category, the federal agency found in its monthly labour-market survey.ServiceCanada
This job loss was expected but not the numbers and now November’s unemployment rate is up one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.1 per cent.
“The November decline in public administration was seen across all provinces,” Statistics Canada said in the report.
“The decrease was concentrated among survey interviewers and statistical clerks, an occupational group that corresponds with the type of work done during the election.”
Historically, the agency has detected similar, temporary spikes in employment during election and census periods.
RBC deputy chief economist Dawn Desjardins pointed to numbers in the report that showed Canada’s services sector dropped 82,000 positions last month, including the significant decline in public-administration work.
Canada still gained more than 150,000 new service-sector jobs since last December.

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