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|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 01/04/2012

Employment edges down in November: StatsCan

OTTAWA — Following a decrease in October, employment edged down 19,000 in November while the unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage points to 7.4 per cent, accord- ing to Statistics Canada. Despite the recent declines, employment was up 1.2 per cent (212,000) from 12 months earlier. A decline of 53,000 in part-time work was partial- ly offset by an increase of 35,000 in full-time work. Com- pared with one year earlier, the number of part-time workers was down 1.9 per cent (62,000), while full-time employment grew by two per cent (274,000). Employment declined in Quebec and Saskatchewan in November, while it increased in Nova Scotia. There was little change in the other provinces. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked increased at the same rate as total employment (1.2 per cent), according to the Labour Force Survey. Compared with one year earlier, most of the employment growth was among private sector employees (1.9 per cent), as employment was little changed among public sector employees, up 0.4 per cent, and the self-employed, down 0.3 per cent.