Canada added 15,400 jobs in February from January to a total of almost 18.6 million jobs, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by Statistics Canada. A gain of 54,700 part-time jobs in February offset a loss of 39,300 full-time jobs.
Employment gains were observed in several industries, led by healthcare and social assistance. At the same time, employment declined in a number of other industries, including wholesale and retail trade, and manufacturing.
The unemployment rate edged down to 5.8% in February from 5.9% in January.
Employment increased in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, while it decreased in Saskatchewan. There was little change in