12/06/2013 08:46 EST | Updated 02/05/2014 05:59 EST

Canada adds 22,000 jobs in November

The Canadian economy added 22,000 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate held steady at 6.9 per cent for the third month in a row.

Statistics Canada reported Friday that increases in private-sector jobs were somewhat offset by a reduction of workers in the public sector.

The unemployment rate has declined by 0.3 percentage points in the past year, dropping from 7.2 per cent this time last year.

In 2013, the economy has created an average of 13,400 jobs per month. That compares to 25,400 a month, on average, in 2012.