Canada's jobless rate dips in March

April 5, 2012 at 9:19 AM

OTTAWA, April 5 (UPI) -- Canada's unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percent to 7.2 percent in March as gains were seen in full-time jobs, Statistics Canada reported Thursday.

"Following four months of little change, employment increased by 82,000 in March," the agency said. "Employment rose among people aged 55 and over and among youths, while it was little changed for those aged 25 to 54."

On an annual basis, there was a 1.1 percent gain of 197,000 jobs, the report said.

Regionally, the eastern provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia saw employment declines on a monthly basis, while Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec reported gains.

Employment in educational services declined in March, while hiring increased in healthcare and social assistance, information, culture and recreation and public administration, StatsCan said.

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