Canadian economy added 35,200 jobs in December, unemployment rate falls

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada says the economy added 35,200 jobs in December fuelled by a gain in full-time jobs, while the unemployment rate ticked lower.

The unemployment rate fell to 5.6 per cent for the final month of the year, compared with a rate of 5.9 per cent in November when the country lost 71,200 jobs.

The increase in the number of jobs in December came as full-time employment rose by 38,400 jobs. The number of part-time jobs fell by 3,200.

Regionally, Ontario and Quebec led the job gains.

Ontario added 25,100 jobs in December, boosted by gains in construction and public administration. Quebec added 21,100 jobs in the month, helped by gains in the accommodation and food services sector as well as manufacturing.

The Canadian economy added 320,300 jobs for all of 2019 including 282,800 full-time positions and 37,500 part-time jobs.


In New Brunswick, unemployment fell half a per cent to sit at 7.5% for December.

The provincial economy lost 3,500 net part-time jobs, but this was offset by a gain of 5,700 net full-time positions.

(With files from Bell Media's Charles Renshaw)