Canada adds jobs for 10th straight month with boost in full-time work

A surge in full-time work fuelled a 10th-straight month of net job gains to match the economy's longest monthly streak since the financial crisis nine years ago.

Statistics Canada says September's unemployment rate stayed at a nine-year low of 6.2 per cent after the country added 10,000 net new jobs, including 112,000 full-time positions.

The rise in full-time work more than offset a drop of 102,000 part-time jobs, however, last month's job gains were entirely driven by growth in public-sector employment.

Nova Scotia saw its jobless rate increase by one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.0 in September.

The province actually had a net gain of 2,300 jobs, as an increase of 4,800 full-time positions more than offset a loss of 2,500 part-time jobs, but the labour force grew by 3,400.

Overall, the national numbers show that year-over-year employment expanded 1.8 per cent with the addition of 319,700 net new jobs, of which more than 90 per cent were full-time positions.

The September survey also found that, compared to the year before, average hourly wages grew 2.2 per cent for the biggest increase since April 2016.

(With files from The Canadian Press)