By Courtney Tower
Ottawa (MNI) - Canadian employment rose by 13,800 in May, above
what had been expected by analysts, and the unemployment rate dropped to
6.9% from 7.1% because 22,900 persons left the labor force, Statistics
Canada reported Friday.
The 13,800 jobs increase was based on a large gain of 60,500
full-time jobs, but that was heavily offset by a fall of 46,800
Private-sector employment was down 5,400, while public-sector jobs
increased by 30,200, the largest gain since June 2015.
The new unemployment rate of 6.9%, is Canada's lowest rate since
The participation rate dropped 0.1 percentage points to 65.7%, the
lowest level since January 2015.