Canada adds 32,300 jobs, all full time, as jobless rate stays at record low 5.8%

The economy delivered 32,300 net new jobs last month as Canada generated a rush of full-time work that helped hold the national unemployment rate at a record low.

Statistics Canada says the jobless rate stayed at 5.8 per cent in March for a second consecutive month - and for the third time since December - to match its lowest level since the agency started measuring the indicator in 1976.

The agency says the labour force produced 68,300 full-time positions last month and shed 35,900 part-time jobs.

However, the survey shows that 19,600 of the new employee positions were created in the public sector, while the number of private-sector workers declined by 7,000.

The report also found that average hourly wage growth, which has been under close scrutiny by the Bank of Canada ahead of interest-rate decisions, strengthened in March to 3.3 per cent, up from 3.1 per cent the previous month.

Central Canada saw the biggest gains in March as the two largest provinces - Ontario and Quebec - each added more than 10,000 net new positions.

Compared with 12 months earlier, the national workforce grew 1.6 per cent following the creation of 296,200 jobs - with the entire increase fuelled by 335,200 new full-time positions.

Here are the jobless rates last month by province (revised numbers from the previous month in brackets):
     _ Newfoundland and Labrador 14.2 per cent (14.0)
     _ Prince Edward Island 10.3 (10.1)
     _ Nova Scotia 7.4 (7.9)
     _ New Brunswick 8.0 (8.2)
     _ Quebec 5.6 (5.6)
     _ Ontario 5.5 (5.5)
     _ Manitoba 6.2 (5.9)
     _ Saskatchewan 5.8 (5.6)
     _ Alberta 6.3 (6.7)
     _ British Columbia 4.7 (4.7)