Canadian economy added 104,000 jobs in December: Statistics Canada

The Canadian economy added 104,000 jobs in December as the unemployment rate fell slightly to 5.0 per cent, Statistics Canada said Friday.

This marks the third decline in the unemployment rate in fourth months, edging it closer to the record-low of 4.9 per cent reached in June and July.

In its latest labour force survey, the federal agency said the rise in employment was driven by an increase in full-time work.

The number of employees in the private sector also increased last month, with job gains made across industries.

Meanwhile, employment in the public sector held steady.

Wages continued to grow at a year-over-year pace above 5.0 per cent for the seventh consecutive month, with wages up 5.1 per cent.

However, wage growth still lags the country’s inflation rate, which was 6.8 per cent in November.

Employment among youth aged 15 to 24 rose in December, fully recouping job losses experienced between July and September.

In Saskatchewan the unemployment rate slipped from 4.2 percent in November to 4.1 percent in December.  In Regina the unemployment rate went the other way, up, as its at 4.7 percent, climbing slightly from 4.5 percent.  Saskatoon stayed the same at 4 percent.

The jobs report also noted that the employment rate among women between the ages of 25 and 54 reached a record-high last month.

The Bank of Canada has previously flagged the country’s tight labour market as a contributor to high inflation.

The central bank has raised interest rates aggressively in hopes of bringing down the pace of price growth and cooling the economy..

While economists expect unemployment to rise in response to higher borrowing costs, the labour market has remained resilient over recent months.

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