Unemployment rate climbs to 7.2 percent in Canada

Jan. 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM

OTTAWA, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Canada's unemployment rate jumped from 6.9 percent to 7.2 percent in December on a decline of 46,000 jobs, Statistics Canada said Friday.

After three consecutive months of gains, StatsCan said employment dropped, pulling the total for 2013 down to 102,000, a 0.6 percent gain.

Employment growth for the year averaged 8,500 jobs per month, a sharp drop from the average gain of 25,900 in 2012.

In December, employment fell in Ontario and Alberta, but increased in British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Jobs in education and "other services" fell in December. Agricultural and natural resource jobs also fell in the month.

Setting the pace, education lost 19,000 jobs. "Other services" lost 15,000.

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