The unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points in August, reaching 7 percent as a result of an increased number of people in search of work, announced Friday by Statistics Canada.
Before the month of August, the unemployment rate remained at 6.8 % for six consecutive months, has reminded the federal agency.
An increase of 54,000 to full-time employment in August was largely offset by a decrease of 42 000 of part-time employment.
Compared with 12 months earlier, employment increased $ 193,000, or 1.1 %. During the same period, full-time employment has increased from 318 000 (+2,2 %), while part-time employment declined by 125,000, and (-3,6 %). At the same time, the total number of hours worked increased by 2.1 %.
Provincially, employment increased in Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and New Brunswick, while there has been little change in the other provinces.
Despite little change in employment in Quebec, an increasing number of people in search of work has led to an increase of 0.3 of a percentage point in the unemployment rate, falling to 8 percent. During the 12 months ending in August, employment in the province grew from 40 000 (+1 %).
Ontario also saw little change in employment in August, and the unemployment rate rose 0.4 percentage point to 6.8 %, following a rise in the number of people in search of work.