RTTNews - Following little change in June, Canadian employment declined by 45,000 in July, with losses in both full- and part-time work, according to data released Friday by Stats Canada.

Economists were expecting employment to decline by only 15,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at at an 11-year high of 8.6%, as fewer people participated in the labour market.

While most of July's employment losses were in Quebec, there were also losses in Saskatchewan, as well as in Newfoundland and Labrador. Employment was little changed in all other provinces.

The downward trend among private sector employees persisted in July, with large losses for this group partially offset by continued gains in self-employment.

Employment in July fell in accommodation and food services and construction while there were increases in retail and wholesale trade.

Since October, total employment has fallen by 2.4%, all in full-time work, with the vast majority of employment losses in manufacturing.

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