Manufacturing employment up in September

Wednesday November 12, 2008
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OTTAWA, Ont. - Employment levels in Canada increased by 107,000 in September, following a decline in July and a small gain in August, according to Statistics Canada's recent Labour Force Survey. Manufacturing employment, in particular, increased by 20,000 in September, bringing the industry back to a level similar to the end of 2007.
So far this year, continued weakness in this sector in Ontario was offset by gains in Quebec and Alberta. Compared with the peak reached in 2002, manufacturing employment in Canada is down 342,000, the report states.
Five provinces - Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia - accounted for the overall employment increase this September. Despite the gain, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.1 percent, as the increase in employment was matched by a rise in labour force participation.
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