New Brunswick's unemployment rate drops, while national rate remains unchanged

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.

New Brunswick, however, saw a net loss of 1,800 jobs. 

Statistics Canada says 2,700 full-time positions were lost, while 900 part-time positions were added. 

The province saw its unemployment rate drop from 8.2 per cent to 8.0 per cent in March. 

~ With files from The Canadian Press.