Sask. unemployment second-lowest in country: Stats Canada

Lifting the basic personal amount would put more money in the hands of the working poor help stimulate the economy and would also not have the effects on labour costs or small business profit margins that we see with steep minimum wage increases

Lifting the basic personal amount would put more money in the hands of the working poor help stimulate the economy and would also not have the effects on labour costs or small business profit margins that we see with steep minimum wage increases

Saskatchewan's working age population saw a boost of about 8,200 people in those 12 months, but the labour force declined by 4,800 in the same time frame.

It's the second straight month of job losses in the Greater Sudbury area.

The participation rate for the London area (the percentage of adults in the London area either working or looking for jobs) was up slightly 60.1 per cent, but is still down 0.4 per cent from a year ago and well below the national rate of 65.5 per cent.

The unemployment rate increase appears to have been driven by more people entering the labour force - the number of people employed or looking for work in the Montreal area grew by more than 26,000 during the month.

But all the losses last month were in part-time job which decreased by 137,000 while full-time jobs rose by 49,000. That put about 500 people temporarily out of work, although some of those have since been recalled.

New numbers show more jobs have been created in Saskatchewan, according to a report by Statistics Canada. The province lost around 5,100 part-time positions but added 6,200 full-time positions.

Porter said there were some special factors in January including the minimum wage hike in Ontario, harsh winter weather which affected construction and an inevitable pullback after exceptionally strong job growth in 2017. Ontario, which increased its minimum wage in January, was the biggest loser in January, shedding 50,900 jobs in the month.

The report is a long-waited correction in a tightening labor market that is more consistent with an economy that has been slowing down since the second half of past year.

"A mysterious mix of good and bad, with the latter's impact blunted by how strong job gains were in the lead up to these figures", Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, said in a note to investors.

Ontario shed 59,300 part-time jobs in January as the province implemented a $2.40 cent minimum wage hike at the start of the month. The jobs report can also be volatile month-to-month. "The unemployment rate is still low with the economy remaining close to full employment".

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