Ottawa, ON — Employment continued to show little change in March 2005 as an increase of 34,000 part-time jobs was offset by a similar decline in the number of people working full time, accoding to Statistics Canada’s latest Labour Force Survey.
With fewer people looking for work, the unemployment rate edged down 0.1 percentage points to 6.9%.
Over the first three months of 2005, employment was up only 0.2% (+25,000), a growth rate similar to that in the United States. The number of hours worked was unchanged in March and has edged up 0.2% so far this year.
Sectors with the strongest employment growth in the first quarter of 2005 include retail and wholesale trade, educational services as well as finance, insurance, real estate and leasing. In contrast, the most pronounced employment losses have occurred in accommodation and food services and in manufacturing.
The only provinces with employment growth rates above the national average of 0.2% over the first three months of this year were Alberta (+0.8%), British Columbia (+0.6%) and Saskatchewan (+0.6%).