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Labour Force Information

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August 10 to 16, 2008

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Highlights

August 2008

Following a decline in July, employment edged up by 15,000 in August. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.1%. Since the start of the year, employment has increased by 87,000 (+0.5%), a much smaller increase compared to the 221,000 (+1.3%) of the first eight months of 2007.

Chart 1 Employment and unemployment rates, Canada, seasonally adjusted