Canada’s unemployment rate at 6.8% for sixth month, 6,600 jobs added

More part-time workers and self employed; fewer people with full-time positions.

August 7, 2015   by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canada’s economy added about 6,600 jobs last month – essentially reversing a similar decline in June and not enough to change a national unemployment rate that has been stuck at 6.8% for six months in a row.

Statistics Canada says there were fewer people with full-time employment last month and more with part-time jobs or who were self-employed.

It also says men aged 25 to 54 accounted for most of the gains while there was little change among other demographic groups such as women and youth.

The agency says there were 17,300 fewer Canadians with full-time jobs in July compared with June but 23,900 more who had part-time employment.

There was also an additional 41,000 people more people who were self-employed in July.

The monthly survey provides a fresh reading on Canada’s economy, one of the major issues for the federal election campaign that was officially launched this week.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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