Nova Scotia's unemployment rate dropped in May

Canada's labour market was surprisingly strong last month, when 77,000 full-time positions were created.

As a result of the full-time work, Statistics Canada says 54,500 net new jobs were gained overall, far more than expected.

The national unemployment rate edged up to 6.6 per cent, however, as more people entered the job market.

By province, the agency says Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec saw the biggest job gains last month.

In Nova Scotia, the unemployment rate dropped in May from 8.3 to 7.9 per cent.  

With files from the Canadian Press.