OTTAWA - The unemployment rate in Canada rose to 7.8% in January, according to Statistics Canada.The rate has increased by 0.2% compared to December.According to the federal agency, the rate increased in the country "because more people are looking for work. " Economists had forecast a rate of 7.6%.
In Quebec, employment was flat in January. The increase in job seekers has boosted the unemployment rate by 0.4 percentage points to 7.9%.
At Pan, the increase in employment was split equally between working full time and one part-time. The private sector, public sector and the self employed or have all found jobs.
However, women aged 25 and over were the first to benefit from the gains.
By sector, business services, services to buildings and other support services, public administration and agriculture recorded increases.
In exchange, transportation and warehousing, accommodation and food have declined.