The unemployment rate rose to 5.3% in Quebec in February

Le taux de chômage est passé à 5,3% au Québec en février

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Overall, the increase in employment was driven by a gain of 46 200 jobs in the services sector, particularly in the retail category.

Employment has increased slightly in Quebec in February, continuing an upward trend that began in the fall of last year, announced Friday by Statistics Canada.

The unemployment rate was little changed, fixing at 5.3 %, down 0.1 percentage point compared to January, while during the 12-month period that ended last month, employment in the province grew by 1.3 %, or 55 000.

Across Canada, the labour market has generated a second consecutive month of strong employment growth in February, with the creation of 55 900 new jobs net, all full-time.

The increase in canadian it has even surpassed the creation of jobs in the United States, where the figures showed an increase of only 20,000 new positions last month.

The rise of Canada in February was a result of a gain is even more important to 66 800 jobs in January. The results of consecutive have given Canada its strongest period of job creation in the two months since the spring of 2012 — and its best start to a year on two months since 1981.

Despite this increase, the unemployment rate remained at 5.8% last month, while a growing number of people searching for work, the agency said in its latest survey on the labour force.

New full-time positions

The addition of 67 400 full-time jobs last month was more than compensated for the loss of 11 600 part-time positions, according to the data. The agency said that the number of staff positions are the most desirable in the private sector had increased by 31 800 last month, while jobs in the public sector had increased by 8900. The number of self-employed workers has increased by 15 100.

Overall, the increase in employment was driven by a gain of 46 200 jobs in the services sector, concentrated mainly in the categories of professional, scientific and technical, public administration and wholesale and retail.

The goods-producing sectors have added 9,500 new jobs in the wake of employment gains in the natural resources, agriculture and manufacturing.

In February, the average hourly wages of permanent employees rose 2.3 % year on year, against 1.8% in January.

The Bank of Canada closely monitors several indicators of wage before policy decisions relating to its policy rate. In particular, the central bank focuses on a play called ” common salary “, which integrates data on the wage bill from several sources, and not just from the survey on labour force.

The governor assistant of the Bank of Canada, Lynn Patterson, said Thursday to expect that economic growth — which has been decelerating drastically in the course of the last month — to resume a new impetus in the second half, thanks in large part to the terms and conditions of employment and improved wages.

On the 12-month period prior to February, total employment has increased by 369 100 jobs, or 2 %.

A greater number of young Canadians aged 15 to 24 years have found employment last month, while employment among young people has won 28 600 posts. This increase has resulted in the rate of youth unemployment from 11.2% in January to 10.8 %.

By region, it is that Ontario has experienced the highest increase in employment last month with 36 900 additional jobs.