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Canada adds 12,500 jobs in April, unemployment rate steady at 7.2%

The biggest gains came in the factory sector, which saw a pick-up of 21,000 workers.


May 10, 2013
by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the economy managed to eke out 12,500 new jobs in April, enough to keep the unemployment rate unchanged at 7.2%.

The modest positive was about what was expected by analysts after March’s massive 54,500 contraction.

The report was better in the details as there were 36,000 full- time workers added in the month, although most of those were in the public sector.

The month saw a loss of 23,600 part-time jobs.

The biggest gains came in the factory sector, which saw a pick-up of 21,000 workers.

Alberta had the largest gain among provinces, up 15,000.

©The Canadian Press