The country’s labour force received a boost of 58,900 additional jobs last month thanks to a surge in private-sector work.
Statistics Canada’s latest job-market report says the national unemployment rate in May remained locked at 6.8 per cent for the fourth straight month.
The monthly survey provides a fresh reading on Canada’s second-quarter economic data — a batch of indicators under close watch after the economy contracted in the first three months of the year.
The overall net increase in jobs last month surpassed economists’ expectations and more than offset April’s loss of 19,700 positions.
Statistics Canada says the country added 56,800 private-sector positions last month and lost 19,100 public-sector jobs.
The agency also says the number of full-time jobs climbed by 30,900 while part-time positions rose by 27,900.
The report says the youth unemployment rate fell to 13.2 per cent, down from 13.6 per cent in April.