Unemployment rate drops in Nova Scotia with a surge in full-time work

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 in full-time work.

The unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent from 6.9 percent in December.

In Nova Scotia, the jobless rate fell from 8.3 percent in December to 7.7 percent last month.

A loss of 4,200 part-time positions was offset by a gain of 8,400 full-time jobs.

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

The country's job market has seen gains in five out of the last six monthly reports.

(With files from The Canadian Press)