OTTAWA — The Canadian economy shed 35,700 jobs in November to reverse a rise in temporary work likely generated by October's federal election.
Statistics Canada's monthly job-market survey says the number of public-administration jobs across all provinces fell by 32,500 in November to offset the October increase of 32,000 positions in the same category.
Historically, the federal agency's jobs report has detected similar, temporary spikes in employment during election and census periods.
The drop in jobs helped nudge November's unemployment rate up one tenth of a percentage point to 7.1 per cent.
The November data found the overall number of part-time positions declined by 72,300, compared to the previous month, while full-time jobs climbed by 36,600.
Alberta saw its jobless rate jump to seven per cent from 6.6, as 14,900 fewer people were working there between October and November — the biggest decline of any province.
By industry, the number of people in natural resources-related positions remained virtually flat, while the manufacturing sector added 17,400 jobs.
The Canadian Press