Employment increased by 29,000 in March, driven by gains in part-time work. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.8%.
Over the first quarter, employment gains totalled 63,000 (+0.4%), the result of more part-time work.
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In the 12 months to March, employment increased by 138,000 (+0.8%), with most of the growth in full-time work. Over the same period, the total number of hours worked was little changed (+0.1%).
In March, employment rose in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and was little changed in the other provinces.
There were more people working in retail and wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, educational services and natural resources in March. At the same time, there were fewer people working in construction, public administration as well as agriculture.
The number of public sector