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OTTAWA Jan 6 The Canadian economy unexpectedly
added 53,700 new jobs in December, all of them full-time, while
the unemployment rate edged up as more people sought work,
Statistics Canada data indicated on Friday.
Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast no change in
employment. The jobless rate rose to 6.9 percent from 6.8
percent in November.
Full-time employment, which had fallen in the previous two
months, jumped by 81,300 jobs, the largest month-on-month gain
since March 2012. Part-time employment dropped by 27,600.
In the 12 months to December, the number of people employed
grew by 214,100, or 1.2 percent. The six-month average for
employment growth was 28,000 jobs, up from 19,300 in November.
The service sector gained 52,000 jobs, with much of the
growth split among the professional, scientific and technical
categories as well as healthcare. The goods-producing sector
added 1,700 positions.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)