May 8, 2009

Canadian employment jumps in April

Canada's unemployment rate was unchanged at 8 percent in April, although employment grew by 36,000 jobs, Statistics Canada reported Friday.

The agency attributed the increase to more workers becoming self-employed and, despite the gain, overall employment has fallen by 321,000 since a peak in October 2008.

All the employment growth in April occurred in Quebec, which gained 22,000 new jobs and British Columbia, which posted 17,000 jobs. Nova Scotia shed 4,100 jobs and Newfoundland and Labrador's jobs declined by 2,800. There was little change in the other provinces, StatsCan said.

The employment gains in April occurred in information, culture and recreation; business, building and other support services; 'other services' and agriculture, the report said. Employment was unchanged in manufacturing and construction.