Windsor's unemployment rate rises above national average in July

The Canadian economy had a surge of hiring last month but most of the new jobs were part time

The Canadian economy had a surge of hiring last month but most of the new jobs were part time

That's still down from the 47,200 that were unemployed in the region in July 2017.

The number of natural resource workers was down 5,300 in July.

One question policy makers have been seeking to answer is how much slack remains in the labour market, and whether a tightening jobs market could prompt the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates and trigger a slowdown in growth.

Prince Albert has added about 200 jobs since past year, but the city's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate has jumped by 0.8 percentage points, the latest labour market estimates from Statistics Canada show.

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While slightly higher than the provincial average, Winnipeg saw its unemployment rate drop, from 6.8 to 6.7 per cent in the month of July.

Bank of Montreal chief economist Douglas Porter also wrote about the jobs numbers in a research note: "Today's job report is a classic case of 'nice headlines, shame about the details.' While we would still give the overall result a passing grade, it's tough to get overly enthusiastic".

Nationally, employment rose by 54,000 in July, mostly due to increased part-time work. Compared to last July, 246,000 more people are working across the country, an increase of 1.3 per cent.

Compared to previous year, employment was essentially unchanged.

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That's because the gains last month were all part-time, up 82,000 in July.

Compared with a year earlier, overall employment was up 1.3 per cent following the addition of 245,900 jobs for an increase driven by 210,500 new full-time positions. The breakdown was less rosy, with all the gains in part-time employment and concentrated in public sector service jobs.

Another weak point in the monthly jobs data was a 36,500 drop in goods-producing industries, including a net decline of 18,400 in manufacturing.

The national average saw a 0.2 per cent change from last month's figures as well - but in the opposite direction.

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