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Canadian employment rose by approximately 50,700 in February following a slight decline in January for total employment of almost 17.7 million, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by Statistics Canada. The unemployment rate remained at 7.0 percent as more people participated in the labor force.
The number of full-time jobs in Canada increased by approximately 33,600 in February, but the number of part-time jobs fell by approximately 17,200.
Ontario added 35,300 jobs in February for total employment of almost 6.9 million. Ontario gained 12,400 full-time jobs in February and 23,000 part-time jobs.
Ontario’s unemployment rate remained at 7.7 percent.
Saskatchewan posted the lowest unemployment rate among all provinces in February at 3.8 percent. Alberta followed at 4.5 percent.