Corrected StatsCan report shows little change in local unemployment rates

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Statistics Canada has released corrected July jobs numbers, and while the number of jobs created across the country is substantially different, the local unemployment rates are very similar to the ones released a week ago.

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Ottawa's unemployment rate, under the new numbers, is down five-tenths of a percentage point to 6.4 per cent, not the 6.3 per cent reported last week. Gatineau's unemployment rate, reported last week at 6.5 per cent, was actually correct.

Nationally, the economy actually gained nearly 42,000 jobs last month – well above the paltry 200 jobs the agency incorrectly reported a week ago.

The agency says the error resulted from a major redesign of its market-moving Labour Force Survey that occurs every 10 years. One program was not updated. Statistics Canada calls it a human error.

The mistake resulted in Statistics Canada overestimating full-time job losses.

The number of full-time job losses is now 18,000 instead of the 60,000 figure reported last week.

The number of part-time gains remains unchanged at about 60,000.

Canada's unemployment rate also remains unchanged at 7.0 per cent in July, from 7.1 per cent the previous month.

-with files from the Canadian Press

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: Canada

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