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Employment numbers in province down

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Manitoba’s employment numbers have dropped for the second month in a row while across the country employment is increasing.

Statistics Canada is reporting today that Manitoba lost 3,100 jobs in August, with the unemployment rate decreasing by 0.3 per cent to 5.2 per cent as fewer people looked for work. It’s little changed from 12 months ago.

Across the country, employment jumped by 59,000 in August, mostly because of increases in hiring of part-time workers. But overall in the last six months, 12,000 people were hired per month compared to 29,000 people hired per month during the six months before that.

Ontario had the highest overall gains with 44,000 people hired, a 2.2 per cent growth of employment, higher than the national average of 1.4 per cent.

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