Statistics Canada says the economy gained 44,000 net new jobs in October but the increase was entirely due to part-time employment.
The overall increase was driven by a gain of 67,000 part-time jobs for the month, while the number of full-time jobs fell by 23,000. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.0 per cent as more people entered the labour market.
Economists had expected a loss of 10,000 jobs and the unemployment rate to remain unchanged, according to Thomson Reuters.
The increase in October follows a gain of some 67,000 jobs in September that saw additions in both part-time and full-time employment.
Statistics Canada also reported this morning that Canada’s trade deficit hit a record $4.1 billion in September due to the import of a component for the Hebron offshore oil project in Newfoundland and Labrador. Economists had expected a deficit of $1.7 billion for September.
Imports rose 4.7 per cent to a record $47.6 billion in the month, while exports climbed 0.1 per cent to $43.5 billion.
The rate in Guelph fell to 4.7 per cent from 4.9 last month. That’s tied with Quebec City for the lowest in the country. K-W-Cambridge is also down 0.2 from last month coming in at 5.1 per cent.