While fighting a huge wildfire, Alberta's labour market woes continued last month as job losses mounted, the unemployment rate surged and total hours worked hit their lowest mark in 30 years.
The country's latest labour numbers have given Albertans yet another reminder of the mounting pressure on their province's economy.
Canada's labour market saw a surge in new jobs last month that drove down the unemployment rate and provided another clue that the hobbled economy could be regaining strength.
Alberta's soaring unemployment rate climbed higher than Quebec's last month, the first time that's happened in nearly 30 years.
The national unemployment rate crept up to 7.3 per cent last month for the first time in three years amid flat overall job growth, Statistics Canada said Friday.
he bite of the oil-price shock sunk its teeth deeper into the job markets of Canada's oil-producing provinces last month, with Alberta posting its worst unemployment rate in a decade.
In a tough year that saw the economy recoil over its first half, the country's job market still produced its best result in three years, Statistics Canada data has revealed.
Unemployment rates fell in 32 U.S. states last month as employers nationwide added the most jobs of any month this year.
The Canadian economy added 12,000 jobs in September, but the unemployment rate climbed to its highest level since February 2014 as more people entered the labour force.
U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 per cent, a seven-year low.
One of the Conservative government's go-to people on aboriginal issues says Ottawa needs to focus its efforts on a profound need for employment among First Nations if the fortunes of Canada's native communities are to improve.