More jobs created in Saskatchewan: Stats Canada

A worker in Ontario

The jobs report can also be volatile month-to-month.

The decrease was driven by the loss of 137,000 part-time positions, including more than 59,000 in Ontario.

The unemployment rate in Kitchener-Waterloo fell to 5.1 per cent, but only because of 2,600 drop in the local labour force. "However, it does bring the job market back down to Earth", said Porter in online release.

In January 2017, the island's labour force consisted of 54,800 people with 47,100 employed and 7,700 unemployed.

The local job market is in contrast with the national picture as Canada's unemployment rate rose to 5.9 per cent in January, up from 5.7 per cent in December 2017. The current stock market rout, for instance, began last Friday after U.S.jobs data showed wages there growing more than anticipated, raising worries that creeping signs of higher inflation might push the U.S. Federal Reserve to increase interest rates more quickly than expected.

There was little change in Ontario's jobless rate. Halifax had an unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent in January, down from seven per cent in December. Some research has suggested a reduction in hours or jobs follow mandated wage bumps, while other studies suggest no long-term connection between wage increases and dips in employment rates.




Even with the overall decline in January, Canada has been on a strong run of job creation that has seen the country add 414,100 full-time jobs over a 12-month period. While the unemployment rate in December was 8.6 per cent, month-over-month comparisons are hard to make as data is unadjusted for seasonal differences that can influence each month.

However, analysts said it would take months of data to assess the fallout from Ontario's minimum-wage hike and cautioned against reading too much into January's employment declines.

In Ontario the jobless rate fell to 5.5 per cent from 5.6 per cent in December.

With files from Canadian Press.

"This is a mixed bag for the Bank of Canada because we did see a significant rise in wage inflation ... which might counter the disappointment on the headline jobs count", Shenfeld said.

The report is a long-waited correction in a tightening labor market that is more consistent with an economy that has been slowing down since the second half of past year. "At the very least, we can dismiss any chance the Bank hikes [interest rates] in March, and April is now looking more like a long shot as well".

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