Canada adds positions, drops unemployment rate.
Figures highlight a major “regional and industrial turnabout” over the past 18 months, economist says.
Number of net full-time positions fell by 51,800 in February.
Demand for food and other services is up by about 30 per cent% from last year, the Salvation Army says.
France unveils $2.2 billion plan to revive hiring and catch up with the global economy.
Lowers unemployment rate to 6.7%.
More part-time workers and self employed; fewer people with full-time positions.
Private sector work surges; manufacturing rises for second consecutive month, gains 21,500 positions.
Strong dollar slows manufacturing, which has increased layoffs in the sector.
Alberta’s natural resources sector alone shed 7,000 positions, StatsCan said.
Federal agency also reduces the estimated number of jobs gained last year to 121,300, down from 185,700.
Manufacturing adds 33,200 more jobs over September, industry up 2% compared to the same month last year.
Report argues keeping the deficit at 0.5% of GDP for three years to create the equivalent of 75,000 jobs.
US unemployment rate is on track to decline to 6.5% by 2015, and job gains will be spread across most economic sectors.
StatsCan says the economy lost 45,900 jobs in December as the unemployment rate rose to 7.2%.