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Statistics Canada on Friday reported a gain of 63,300 jobs in September and said the jobless rate had edged down to 5.9 percent from 6.0 percent in August.

The job gains were also nearly entirely in Ontario and British Columbia, with most other provinces fairly static.

September's increase in employment was largely driven by gains in part-time work, with part-time jobs up by around 80,000, StatsCan said in its monthly labour force survey.

Exports in August fell by 1.1 per cent, the biggest decline since January, partly due to lower shipments of motor vehicles, and imports dropped by 2.5 per cent for the same reason. The number of jobs created mirrored the rise in the labour force. But he wrote the current reading "looks more in line with other measures of wages" and suggests "inflationary pressures aren't set to take off".

Everything You Need to Know About the September Jobs Report
And many analysts see the unemployment rate continuing to decline this year, ramping up pressure on wages and prices. The latest drop in the jobless rate puts it further below Fed estimates of levels sustainable in the long run.

This marked the seventh straight month the unemployment rate was below five per cent, normally a sign of a healthy economy.

Men gained 34,000 of those jobs, while women saw increases of 20,000 positions, and a large chunk of the job gains were in construction.

More people worked in construction, finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing public administration and agriculture, Statistics Canada said. This would contribute to the uptick in the jobless rate, as the number of people working is up from 96,300 this time a year ago to 97,900.

Across B.C., the province added 33,300 jobs last month, pushing its unemployment rate down 1.1 percentage points to 4.2 per cent. The numbers were compared with the second quarter and based on a three-month rolling average.


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