Canadian job growth blows past expectations in November

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Canada's job market added 154,000 jobs in November, easily beating expectations of 38,000 positions.

Statistics Canada says employment is higher than its pre-COVID February 2020 level.

The unemployment rate fell to 6.0 per cent, which is within 0.3 percentage points of what it was in February 2020.

There were gains in both services-producing and goods-producing sectors. Growth was almost equally spread across full-time (80,000) and part-time work (74,000).

Total hours worked rose 0.7 per cent, bringing the data point back to pre-pandemic February 2020 levels for the first time. Hours rose in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and construction. But the goods-producing sector remained below the pre-pandemic level in November.

The employment rate for core-aged women, defined as 25 to 54 year olds, hit an all-time high of 80.7 per cent, a 1 percentage point increase from before the pandemic began.

“The jobs gain suggests that, even if GDP isn’t near its prior trend, labour markets are tightening sharply, and that positions the Bank of Canada to hike earlier than we had expected, although the impact of Omicron is of course still creating a significant degree of uncertainty to any such forecasts,” said CIBC senior economist Royce Mendes.”

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Jessy Bains is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. Follow him on Twitter @jessysbains.

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