Only 200 net new jobs were added across the country during July, but in Manitoba employment rose by 5,200.
Manitoba was one of the few bright spots in Statistics Canada’s monthly labour force survey as the additional jobs pushed the province’s unemployment rate down 0.3 per cent to 5.1 per cent.
There was even a slight increase in the participation rate — the percentage of the population either in the workforce or looking for work — from 67.8 to 68 per cent.
According to Stats Canada there were 637,300 people working in the province in July, up from 632,100 in June.
Whereas elsewhere in the country, full-time positions were being replaced with part-time — between June and July, the number of full-time jobs in Canada fell by 59,700 while part-time jobs increased by 60,000. In Manitoba both categories were up slightly with 300 new full-time and 4,900 new part-time positions.
The year-over-year comparison does not look as great as the strong June-to-July performance. Full-time employment is down 700 from July 2013 and part-time employment is up 4,600.