Ottawa unemployment rate drops, Gatineau's edges higher

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The unemployment rate for the city of Ottawa dropped in July, from 6.9 to 6.3 per cent, while Gatineau's edged up a tenth of a point to 6.5, Statistics Canada reported Friday.

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Nationally, trouble in Canada's jobs market extended into July as a paltry 200 jobs were added during the month, widely missing expectations.

Canada's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a point to 7.0 per cent for the month, as fewer people went looking for work.

Economists had expected the economy to bounce back with the creation of 20,000 –an improvement from June's unexpected decline of 9,400.

Over the past 12 months, the economy has added 115,300 new jobs – or 0.7 per cent of the labour force – with all the growth in part-time work.

Between June and July, the number of full-time jobs fell by 59,700 while part-time jobs increased by 60,000.

Most of the month's job losses came in construction, health care and social assistance. However, employment in educational services and in information, culture and recreation rose in July.

The majority of new jobs were concentrated among people between the ages of 15 and 24, Statistics Canada says, while there were losses among people aged 55 and older.

Regionally, Newfoundland and Labrador and Manitoba were the only provinces to show job growth, while employment fell in New Brunswick. The rest of the provinces remained mostly unchanged.

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: Canada, Ottawa, Newfoundland and Labrador Manitoba New Brunswick

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