New Brunswick's unemployment rate remains unchanged

New Brunswick's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.8 per cent in September, according to the latest jobs numbers.

Statistics Canada's latest labour force survey, released Friday, says the province added 700 net new jobs in September.

But the number of people in the province's labour force — representing the total number of people employed and those unemployed residents who are available for work and are actively seeking work — also increased by the same amount.

A gain of 2,600 full-time jobs in September was partially offset by a loss of 1,800 part-time positions, according to the survey.

Year-over-year, Statistics Canada says New Brunswick added 3,100 full-time positions and lost 6,500 part-time jobs.

But because there were 9,900 fewer people in the province's labour force last month compared with September 2016, the unemployment rate actually fell by 1.4 percentage points.

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, September's job gains were entirely driven by growth in public-sector employment.

The September increase was also concentrated in factory work as the goods-producing sector added 10,500 jobs, compared to a loss of 500 positions in the services industry.

Overall, the 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