Quebec sheds 5000 jobs in August; jobless rate down
Quebec lost another 5000 jobs in August, but the unemployment rate in the province fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.9 percent, as more Quebecers re-entered the job market.
In July, the Statistics Canada figures showed Quebec losing 30,400 jobs — nearly three-quarters of the job losses across the country that month.
This month's figures show the country as a whole created 59,000 jobs last month, most of them part-time — pushing the national unemployment rate down a tenth of a point to 7.1 percent.
The biggest job gains were in Alberta, which created 44,000 jobs, and Alberta, which created 15,000 jobs.
Employment in health-care and social assistance both increased in August, offsetting a decline in July.
The figures show there were also more people working in information, culture and recreation jobs, as well as in accommodation and food services and in construction.
Most of the employment gains were concentrated among people aged 55 and older, Statistics Canada says, while there was little change among youths and people between the ages of 25 and 54.