The number of people employed grew by 67,000 in January, mostly among youth aged 15 to 24 and in the services-producing industries. The unemployment rate increased 0.2 percentage points to 5.8% as more people looked for work.
On a year-over-year basis, total employment was up 327,000 or 1.8%, reflecting increases in both full-time (+166,000) and part-time (+162,000) work. Over the same period, total hours worked were up 1.2%.
Employment rose in six provinces, led by Ontario and Quebec. At the same time, employment declined in Alberta and Saskatchewan, while it was little changed in British Columbia and Prince Edward Island.