MONTREAL — The Canadian economy created 28,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate remained stable at 7.4 percent, officials said Friday, painting a rosier picture than in neighboring United States.
The increase in jobs was nearly double the 15,000 that analysts had anticipated.
"Part-time work accounted for much of the monthly increase in June," the official Statistics Canada said in a statement.
"Over the past 12 months, however, growth in full time contributed 205,000 of the 238,000 increase in overall employment."
Most jobs were added in the transport and warehousing sectors, accounting for a total of 15,000 positions, but professional, scientific and technical services were down 19,000 jobs, the national statistics office added.
Transport and warehousing has seen the fastest growth of all industries in the past 12 months since June 2010, adding some 43,000 jobs or 5.4 percent.
Most positions were added in Ontario, the G8 nation's most densely populated province and Alberta, the heart of the oil industry. But employment in French-speaking Quebec fell by 16,000.
Across the border, the US economy only added a paltry 18,000 jobs in June and the stubbornly-high unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent.
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