There were more people working on P.E.I. last month when compared to December, mostly in new part-time jobs.

P.E.I. job numbers
Dec. Jan.
Labour force 83,300 84,100
Jobs 73,600 74,600
Unemployment rate 11.6% 11.3%

The unemployment rate fell from 11.6 per cent to 11.3 per cent. The increase in job numbers was somewhat offset by growth in the workforce.

The jump in part-time jobs reverses a trend that started in July, which saw those numbers falling in favour of full-time work. Overall, job numbers have been up and down since June, averaging around 74,000.

Employment was also up nationally in January, but with that growth being more in full-time jobs.