More jobs added nationally but Niagara unemployment rate remains unchanged

Canada's labour market unexpectedly added 48,300 jobs last month, thanks to surges in part-time and private-sector work.

Statistics Canada's employment survey for January shows an increase of 32,400 part-time positions and a gain of 15,800 jobs in the more-desirable category of full-time work.

The report also found that the number of private-sector jobs rose 32,400 between December and January, compared with an increase of 7,700 public-sector positions.

The unemployment rate fell to 6.8 per cent from 6.9 per cent in December.

Statistics Canada says the vast majority of the new jobs _ 42,600 position _ were created in the services sector.

Provincially, Ontario's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.4 per cent. 

Here in St. Catharines/Niagara the rate also remainded unchanged at 6.4 per cent.