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The increase in jobs was driven largely by gains in part-time work, which saw a large boost of 80,000 positions.

The job gains were also nearly entirely in Ontario and British Columbia, with most other provinces fairly static.

The data is likely to cement market expectations that the Bank of Canada raise hike interest rates again on Oct 24, for a fifth time since July 2017 on a strengthening economy. The number of jobs created mirrored the rise in the labour force.

He made note that hourly earnings growth has slowed to 2.2 per cent from 2.6, year-over-year, in August. September's youth unemployment rate stood at 11%, up by 0.1 percentage points from the previous month.

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Men in the core age bracket gained the most, with 34,000 jobs while women also saw increases of 20,000 positions.

In Ontario, employment increased by 36,000, the third increase in four months.

"The monthly gyrations in Canadian jobs data can make it tough to draw many firm conclusions on the true health of the economy, but the underlying picture looks reasonably solid", said BMO Financial Group chief economist Douglas Porter. Private sector employment rose massively by 96K while public sector jobs remained essentially unchanged and self-employed dropped by 35K. This would contribute to the uptick in the jobless rate, as the number of people working is up from 96,300 this time a year ago to 97,900.

Separately, Statscan said Canada recorded its first trade surplus for more than 18 months in August as unusually timed shutdowns at auto plants helped cut imports at a greater rate than exports. The numbers were compared with the second quarter and based on a three-month rolling average.


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