OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the economy added 12,000 jobs in September, but the unemployment rate climbed by one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.1 per cent as more people entered the labour force.
The increase in the overall number of jobs was due to a rise in part-time employment, offset by a drop in full-time jobs.
The number of part-time jobs increased by 74,000 in September, but full-time employment fell by 62,000.
Regionally, British Columbia and Alberta both posted gains of 12,000 jobs, while Manitoba increased by 4,000.
However, Ontario saw a drop of 34,000 jobs in September as losses in full-time employment were partly offset by gains in part-time work. Quebec added 11,000 jobs.
The September jobs report was the last major piece of economic data before the federal election on Oct. 19.
More to come.