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Economy creates 42,000 jobs

Employment numbers rose by 42,000 last month, mostly due to an increase in part-time work.

That corrects earlier figures from Statistics Canada that only showed a growth of 200 jobs – Stats Can quickly recognized their mistake and provided the new numbers Friday.

The largest increase in employment numbers were seen in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, while job numbers declined in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Employment sectors like information, culture, and recreation saw growth, but employment dropped in construction, health care, and social assistance.

In British Columbia, there was a 0.3 per cent increase from June to July, lowering the unemployment rate to 5.9 per cent. That ranks BC in the middle of the country when it comes to our labour force and its ability to find work.

While there were strong gains in employment from people aged 15-54, the numbers did fall for people aged 55 and over, with 30,000 jobs lost.

Canada’s unemployment rate was 6.1 per cent last month, compared to 6.2 per cent in the United States.

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