Unemployment rate steady at 7.1% as Canada loses 2,100 jobs in April

Canada lost 2,100 jobs in April and the unemployment rate stayed steady at 7.1 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.

The service sector added 35,000 new jobs, most in wholesale and retail trade. But that was offset by a large drop in goods-producing industries.


"Every category in the goods sector was down," Scotiabank said, "led by 16,500 fewer manufacturing jobs, but with construction (down 5,700), resources (down 7,800), agriculture (down 7,000) and utilities (down 200 jobs) also not helping."

Alberta lost jobs while B.C. gained

Alberta lost 20,800 jobs in April — more than all the other provinces combined. But that drop was slightly offset in the national figure by a gain of 13,000 jobs in neighbouring British Columbia. 

Newfoundland and Labrador added 6,100 jobs, while all other provinces either gained or lost a small number of jobs.

The slight drop in employment was a slight disappointment to economists, who had been expecting the economy to add about 1,000 jobs in total.

"There is generally a soft overall tone to the Canadian employment report," Scotiabank said.

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