Unemployment rises to 5.4 percent: StatCan

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Unemployment rose across Canada in August, hitting 5.4 percent.

The 0.5 percent increase over July marks the first time the number has gone up in seven months.

According to Statistics Canada‘s August report, there were 40,000 fewer employed Canadians than the previous month.

The bulk of the losses occurred in the public sector, while the number of those who work in the private sector or are self-employed remained steady.

Employment actually rose in “other … , professional, scientific, and technical services,” however those gains were countered by losses in education and construction.

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