Western Alberta unemployment rate back down to 6 per cent

'Another head scratcher': ​Canada adds 54100 jobs in July

Montreal unemployment rate inches up in July

This matches Shenfeld's call in late July, when data showed the economy grew 0.5% in May.

The total number of hours worked in July expanded 1.3 percent, a slightly slower pace than the June reading of 1.4 per cent.

Across Canada, 54,100 jobs were added to the economy in July.

It could be another push for the Bank of Canada to increase interest rates next month.

While the Canadian unemployment rate dropped to a four-decade low at 5.8% in July, the resource sector actually gave up jobs during the same month says Statistics Canada in its Labour Force Survey released today.

Ontario saw an increase of 61,000 jobs, all of them part-time, dropping the provincial unemployment rate by half a percentage to 5.4 per cent.

While the number of jobless seems to have taken a large leap month-to-month, the local data can't be accurately compared, as it doesn't take seasonal factors into consideration.

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The healthy rise though was driven entire by part-time employment, which jumped by 82,000 jobs, while 28,000 full-time positions were shed.

The gap shows the national average unemployment rate is nearly one per cent lower than Alberta.

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.

By industry, the services sector saw the biggest gains last month with a combined net increase of 90,500 jobs, which was led by 36,500 new positions in education and 30,700 in health care and social assistance.

Average hourly wages in July, a figure watched closely by the central bank, rose by 3.0 percent from a year earlier.

"The labour market remains robust and there is easily enough here to convince the Bank of Canada to maintain its gradual tightening campaign - there's just not enough to get it to accelerate the schedule", BMO chief economist Doug Porter said in a note to investors. The report said the main cause of the drop was due to the fact fewer young people were looking for work.

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