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Slight increase in unemployment in Canada in November

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According to Statistics Canada, 28,000 jobs were created in November in the manufacturing sector as well as 16,000 more in construction.

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The weak progression of employment in Canada, which grew by only 0.1% last month, contributed to an increase in the country's unemployment rate, which rose from 5.7% in October to 5.8% in November, a slight jump of 0.1 percentage points.

According to Statistics Canada, 28,000 jobs were created in November in the manufacturing sector as well as 16,000 more in construction.

But drops of 27,000 jobs were however measured in wholesale and retail trade. The finance, insurance, real estate and leasing services sectors also saw a decline of 18,000 jobs in November.

Although it changed little in October and November, the unemployment rate nevertheless continues to grow in Canada, posting an increase of 0.8 percentage points since April.

In November, total hours worked decreased by 0.7% while increasing by 1 .3% at the same time last year.

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The average hourly wage, meanwhile, increased by 4.8% in November to reach 34 .28, up $1.57. An increase comparable to that of October, underlines Statistics Canada.

In Quebec, the unemployment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points to stand at 5.2%. Remember that a year ago, the unemployment rate reached a historic low of 3.9% in Quebec. It has since increased by 1.3 percentage points.

The unemployment rate, on the other hand, remained relatively stable in Ontario in November at 6.1%, down 0.1 percentage points compared to October data (6.2%).

The metropolitan areas (CMA) of Windsor (7.6%), St. Catharines–Niagara (7.3%) and Oshawa (7. 3%), however, posted the highest unemployment rates of the 20 largest CMAs in the country. On the other hand, it was the CMAs of Quebec (2.7%), Kelowna (3.9%) and Victoria (4.1%) which displayed the lowest rates.

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