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Canada's Job Market Surges on Record Private-Sector Hiring

  • Employment increases by 66,800 versus forecast for 5,000 gain
  • Jobs gain may ease worries current economic soft patch
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Canada’s labor market began 2019 with an unexpected employment surge, driven by jobs for youth in services and record private-sector hiring, a sign of strength in an economy facing several other headwinds.

Employment increased by 66,800 in January, Statistics Canada said Friday from Ottawa. That was driven by a 99,200 gain in services, which offset falling employment in goods producing industries. The gains were almost evenly split between full-time and part-time positions.