Canada’s economy blew past expectations and added 54,000 jobs in December, as a surge in full-time work offset declines in part-time positions.
Employers created 81,000 full-time jobs and eliminated 27,000 part-time spots, reversing months of full-time declines and part-time increases.
The gains capped a tepid year for the country’s labour market, which has struggled to recover from the oil slump.
The jobless rate rose to 6.9 per cent from 6.8 per cent in November, according to Statistics Canada’s monthly labour report released on Friday.
Analysts polled by Bloomberg had expected a loss of 2,500 jobs.
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