Canada added 67,200 new jobs in September, thanks to a boost in part time and self-employed work.
Surprisingly, Alberta was one of three provinces where employment increased, by 13,000 jobs compared to August.
Still the Alberta unemployment rate was virtually unchanged at 8.5 per cent because more people were looking for work.
Calgary’s jobless rate continues to climb as the ripple effects from the oil slump continue. Unemployment here increased half a percentage point to 9.5 per cent, the highest of any major Canadian city.
Statistics Canada says compared to September 2015, there were 47-thousand fewer Albertans working and the unemployment rate was up 1.9 percentage points.
Nationally the unemployment rate was stuck on 7 per cent for the second straight month. Economists were projecting an increase of 10-thousand jobs.