Unemployment rate: slight increase in Quebec, a slight decrease in Canada in July

Taux de chômage: légère hausse au Québec, légère baisse au Canada en juillet

Photo: Ryan Remiorz Archives The canadian Press
Across Canada, employment has increased by 54 000 in July, boosted by a rise in part-time work.

The unemployment rate climbed to 5.6% in Quebec in July, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada.

This is an increase of 0.2 of a percentage point, while employment was essentially unchanged compared to the previous month and 12 months earlier.

Across Canada, employment has increased by 54 000 in July, boosted by a rise in part-time work. The unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 5.8 %.

A closer examination of the statistics reveals that the public sector has the largest contribution, with 49 600 new jobs, while the private sector has added 5200 posts.

The report also indicates that the growth in average hourly wages, closely watched by the Bank of Canada, has continued to slow down to 3.2% in July, after rising 3.6% in June and 3.9 % in may.

Other details will follow.

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