Last month U.S. nonfarm payrolls rose only 18,000, the weakest reading since September, the Labor Department said on Friday. This is well below economists’ expectations for a 90,000 rise.

Jobs growth in Canada for the same period was 28,400.

Unemployment percentage rates by province:

Nova Scotia 8.7

New Brunswick 9.6

Quebec 7.9

Ontario 7.7

Manitoba 5.5

Saskatchewan 4.9

Alberta 5.6

British Columbia 7.3

Overall 7.4

For more on the Canadian employment market see the Vancouver Sun here:

http://www.vancouversun.com/mobile/business/news/Employment+Canada+grows+more+than+expected/5071372/story.html

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