Canada's unemployment rate hits lowest level since 2008


The unemployment rate for British Columbia sat at 4.7 per cent last month, down from 5.7 per cent in November 2016. But the size of the labour force increased to 88,100, up from 87,400.

Heather Gregg with Workforce Windsor Essex told CBC News last month that October's rate was temporarily inflated because so many workers at Fiat Chrysler and affiliated factories were off the job for temporary shutdowns. That led the unemployment rate to edge up from the 6.1 per cent reported in October.

Only 48.2 per cent of people in that prime working age group worked a full-time job for the whole year, StatCan said.

Less than half of Canada's population aged 25 to 54 worked a full-time job for all of 2015, census data shows.

On the flip side, Fields said the biggest decline was in manufacturing, where 14,000 people were working last month, down about 6,500 from a year ago. "There were a bit over 3,000 more people searching for work compared with last November".

Nearly 4,000 new jobs were created in the London area in November, but there was no change in the unemployment rate.

Ontario was Canada's job-gains leader, employing 44,000 more people, boosted largely by manufacturing and wholesale and resale trade; the province's unemployment rate was 5.5 per cent, its lowest since July 2000, Statistics Canada said.

The labour market added 441,400 full-time positions year-over-year for an increase of three per cent and its strongest 12-month period of full-time job creation in 18 years.