New Brunswick Adds 4,600 Jobs In January

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Employment in New Brunswick rose by 4,600 people in the first month of 2020, according to Statistics Canada.

The agency’s latest labour force survey, released Friday, showed the province added 1,800 full-time jobs and 2,800 part-time positions in January.

But the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.5 percent as the number of people searching for work increased by 5,100 people.

Over the past 12 months, New Brunswick has added 4,800 full-time positions and 500 part-time jobs. The unemployment rate in January 2019 stood at 8.1 percent.

Meanwhile, the country as a whole added 35,000 jobs in January — all in full-time work — and the unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points to 5.5 percent.

Employment in the goods-producing sector increased by 49,000 in January, with gains in manufacturing, construction and agriculture.

At the same time, employment declined in health care and social assistance.

Brad Perry is the news director with CHSJ/Country 94, a Huddle content partner.