OTTAWA, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Employment rose in Canada by 40,000 positions in December, the fourth increase in five months, Statistics Canada said.
In 12 months, employment rose 1.8 percent, or 312,000, all in full-time positions, Statistics Canada said. The total number of hours worked increased 1.6 percent.
In a year-over-year comparison, employment gains among private sector employees totaled 242,000, an increase of 2.2 percent, while public sector employment rose 92,000, a 2.6 percent jump and the number of self-employed showed little change.
Among industries, employment rose in transportation, warehousing and construction, and dipped in professional, scientific and technical services; natural resources and public administration.