Canadian jobless rate at 7.2% in July

Aug. 5, 2011 at 9:02 AM
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OTTAWA, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Canada's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in July, a 0.2 percent decline from June, the federal statistics agency reported from Ottawa Friday.

On an annual basis, employment increased in July by 1.5 percent, or 252,000 jobs, primarily among full-time and private-sector employees, Statistics Canada said.

"Employment increased in construction, transportation and warehousing as well as retail and wholesale trade," StatsCan said. "At the same time, there were decreases in healthcare and social assistance; educational services; business, building and other support services; natural resources as well as agriculture."

Compared with July 2010, full-time employment grew 2.6 percent, or 351,000 jobs while part-time jobs declined by 99,000, or 2.9 percent.

Regionally, employment in Alberta rose by 12,000 in July and Ontario had a decline of 22,000 jobs, the agency said.

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