Victoria unemployment falls to national low of 3.8 per cent in October

Victoria unemployment falls to national low of 3.8 per cent in October

Canada's economy pumped out 35,000 new jobs in October almost twice as many as economists were forecasting, Statistics Canada reported Friday.

The gain in jobs came as the unemployment rate increased to 6.3 per cent, up from 6.2 per cent in September, as more young people started looking for work.

It's the first time the jobless rate has been above 6 per cent in London since June.

Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast 15,000 extra jobs and predicted the unemployment rate would stay at 6.2 percent. That's the biggest two-month gain in records going back to 1976. A recent deterioration of the outlook has fuelled a 5 percent drop in the Canadian dollar since early September.

It hit a high of nine per cent two years later.

Saskatchewan continues to move the dial when it comes to jobs in Canada.

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As Alberta's economy has returned to growth, the unemployment rate has been trending downward, but it remains well above pre-recession levels.

The Canadian dollar quickly rose to C$1.2728 against the greenback, or 78.57 US cents, up from C$1.2829, or 77.95 USA cents before the report was released.

However, offsetting the jobs report, Statistics Canada also reported a $3.2-billion trade deficit for September, essentially unchanged from the previous month which was revised to a deficit of $3.2 billion compared with an initial estimate of $3.4 billion.

The unemployment rate increased to 6.3 per cent from 6.2 per cdnt - which was the lowest since 2008 - as more people entered the labor force.

Employment rose in several industries, led by "other services"; construction; information, culture and recreation; and agriculture.

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