Employment numbers are down in Hamilton, following a job loss trend happening across the country.

Statistics Canada released new figures Friday on last month's job market.

Jason Gilmore, Statistics Canada senior analyst, explained that the number of employed Hamilton residents (aged 15 and over), declined by 4,100 people in July.

"It's a notable one-month change," Gilmore said. The dip could be due to a number of factors.

From August 2011 to February 2012, the number of Hamilton people employed rose by 22,000. But from March to July of this year, that number dropped by 23,000.

There's no breakdown of industry jobs per month, but Gilmore said employment has increased in the educational services, construction, professional scientific and technical services (engineering, architecture, accounting, law firms), finance, insurance, real estate and leasing fields since July of last year.

"The biggest decline was in manufacturing, followed by health care, social assistance and public administration," he said.



Canada's economy shed more than 30,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.3 per cent as employers cut back on part-time workers, according to figures released today.

Statistics Canada said the dip in jobs was the largest amount since October 2011.

Economists were expecting a slight gain of 6,000 jobs and for the jobless rate to hold steady at 7.2 per cent.

"We weren't surprised that the headline total was down," BMO economist Doug Porter noted, "but we are surprised by the details."

The economy actually added more than 21,300 full-time positions during the month. But that was more than offset by a loss of 51,600 part-time jobs.

Regionally, employment declined in Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba as well as in Newfoundland and Labrador, while it increased in Prince Edward Island. There was little change in the other provinces.