More than 60 per cent of Canada’s workforce is employed part-time, and the jobless rate is still lower that it was two years ago.
The unemployment rate for Canadians aged 15 to 24 fell to 5.3 per cent, a decline of 0.1 percentage point.
The number of unemployed was also up 0.2 percentage point to a total of 19.1 million, Statistics Canada said.
The jobless number was up 0,3 per per cent from December 2016, but the number of jobless people rose 1.6 per cent.
The province’s unemployment figure, which includes non-seasonal workers, was 5.1 per cent at the end of November.
Statistics Canada has reported a sharp increase in unemployment rates since late 2016, and has said the recent spike in the job market is partly attributable to an influx of refugees from war-torn Syria.
Canada has also experienced a steep rise in the number who have sought work since the end, or after, of the global financial crisis.
The numbers, released on Tuesday, showed the country’s unemployment figures were unchanged for October and November, while the number working part-timers rose by 3.3 million.
A new report from the Conference Board of Canada says Canada’s economic recovery has slowed as Canada’s economy slows down.
The report found that Canada’s growth is now weaker than most of the world’s.
In its report, the conference board said Canada’s GDP grew by only 1.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 compared with 1.8 per cent the previous quarter.
Canada’s jobless count fell to 1.3.
per cent for the month of October, down from 2.2 per cent a year earlier.
Canada also experienced its slowest pace of growth since early 2014, with the economy contracting by 1.4 per cent during the same period.
With files from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press