Improvement in jobs figures

A blast of 94,100 new jobs last month has knocked the country's unemployment rate down to 5.6 per cent,  its lowest level since Statistics Canada started measuring comparable data more than 40 years ago.

The overall number marked the monthly labour force survey's largest increase since March 2012 when there was a gain of 94,000 jobs.

Statistics Canada says the November employment surge was fuelled by the addition of 89,900 full-time positions.

The increase pushed the jobless rate down from October's reading of 5.8 per cent,  which had been the previous low mark since comparable data first became available in 1976.

In Ontario, the rate remained unchanged at 5.6 per cent and in Niagara we went from 7.3 per cent to 7 per cent.