Canada Employment Rose by 17,900

Canada added 17,900 jobs in March, fewer than economists predicted, as construction and natural resources companies hired while the service industry shrank.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, Statistics Canada said. Today’s employment gain is the third straight, adding to evidence of a rebound in the early part of the year.

Construction companies hired 21,000 staff and natural resources added 13,200 in March, Statistics Canada said, leading a job gain of 39,800 at goods-producing companies. Services employment fell by 21,900, with a loss of 30,000 in the other services category, a decline of 26,300 in the business, building and support services category and a 38,400 increase for professional and scientific work.

Full-time employment fell by 14,200 in March, and part-time jobs gained by 32,200. The number of employees increased by 21,900 and self-employment fell by 4,000.

Average hourly wage growth slowed to 2.2 percent in March from a year ago, compared with 2.4 percent in February.

Canada Employment Rose by 17,900, Bloomberg
4/9/2010 10:10:37 AM