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The jobless rate in B-C climbed to 5.2 per cent in June from 4.8 per cent the month earlier, and rates also increased in Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford and Kelowna, with unemployment in the Okanagan city spiking six-tenths of a point to 5.6 per cent.

But among all those aged 15 to 24, an increase of 27,000 job-seekers pushed the unemployment rate up 0.6 percentage points from May, to 11.7 per cent. The bank's overnight rate target is 1.25 per cent.

Statistics Canada data released on June 6 reveals the province lost 8,000 jobs in June. The local jobless rate in June 2017 was 7.0 per cent.

The region's unemployment rate has increased for a third straight month. Experts predict the move even though the economy is facing significant uncertainty from Canada's intensifying trade dispute with the United States as well as growing fears of a global trade war.

In all, 22,700 part-time jobs and 9,100 full-time positions were created in June.

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Canadian government bond prices were higher across a flatter yield curve, with the 10-year rising 18 Canadian cents to yield 2.126 percent.

The goods-producing sector added 46,600 positions in June thanks to job-creation boosts in construction, natural resources and manufacturing.

Employment increased in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. At the same time, employment decreased in accommodation and food services, and in agriculture.

Separately, Statscan said Canada's trade deficit in May grew to $2.77 billion from $1.86 billion in April.

The report showed that Canada's trade surplus with the USA narrowed to $3.3 billion in May, from $3.7 billion April, as more imports headed north across the border and south-bound exports decreased.