Economy pumps out 45,000 jobs, unemployment rate dips to 6.5%
Canada's unemployment rate is down to 6.5 per cent after the economy churned out a better-than-expected 45,000 jobs in June.
Most of those gains, however, were in part-time positions.
Still, over the course of 12 months, Canada has created 351,000 jobs, most of them full-time.
And notably, Statistics Canada said Friday, employment gains in the second quarter, of 103,000, mark the strongest quarterly showing since 2010.
The jobless rate dipped one notch, from 6.6 per cent in May.
Ontario and British Columbia, the jobs powerhouses in Canada of late, led the way again in June, according to the federal agency.
Particularly strong was B.C., which pumped out 20,000 new jobs as unemployment declined by a hefty half of a percentage point to 5.1 per cent.
By sector, professional, scientific and technical services led the charge.
The Canadian dollar shot up after the Statistics Canada report, buoyed by mounting speculation that Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and his colleagues will raise their benchmark rate as early as next week.
"We had held on to our October forecast for a Bank of Canada rate hike, but concede that's likely to end up off the mark, as today's jobs numbers cement the case for the central bankers to raise rates in the coming week," said CIBC World Markets chief economist Avery Shenfeld.
"June's job gains were widely spread across goods and services, split evenly between paid jobs and self-employment, with the only disappointment being a leaning to part-time jobs, although full-time jobs are still up a heady 1.7 per cent in the past year," he added.
"In sum, the jobs market is tightening, and not far from what historically has been judged as full employment. Over to you, Governor Poloz."