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|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 05/13/2014

Canada gained 43,000 jobs in March: StatsCan

OTTAWA — Canada’s economy gained 43,000 jobs in March, lowering the unemployment rate from 7.0 per cent to 6.9 per cent, Statistics Canada reports. The results are a change from the previous month when the economy lost 7,000 jobs.

One of the driving factors behind the change was an increase in the number of youths between the ages of 15 and 24 finding work. In March, employment rose by 33,000 for this group. Employment in the public sector increased by 39,000 jobs, while employment in the private sector was unchanged.