TORONTO (ICIS)--Canada’s economy continued to add jobs in September as most businesses and workplaces have re-opened following the coronavirus-related restrictions and shutdowns.
Canada added 378,200 jobs in September.
The unemployment rate fell 1.2 percentage points from August to 9.0% in September - but remains above the 5.6% from February, the month before the pandemic struck, according to the latest data by federal agency Statistics Canada on Friday.
In manufacturing, employment rose 4.1% month on month and was almost back at its February level.
Canada employment, September 2020:
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For comparison, the US unemployment rate fell 8.4% in August to 7.9% in September.
Meanwhile, however, Canada and other countries are facing the virus’ second wave, and authorities have begun re-imposing some restrictions, in particular in Quebec province.