Nova Scotia

N.S. jobless rate drops to 7.8 %

Nova Scotia's unemployment rate is down to its lowest level in more than three years mainly due to a jump in part-time jobs.

Nova Scotia's unemployment rate is down to its lowest level in more than three years mainly due to a jump in part-time jobs.

The rate is now 7.8 per cent, the best since October 2008, Statistics Canada reports.

There were 11,000 more Nova Scotians working in December, compared to December of 2010.

However, almost all the new jobs are part-time — only 600 of the new positions are full-time.

The unemployment rate in New Brunswick also went down  to 9.4 per cent, with the province adding 2,900 jobs in the past year.

Canada added 17,500 jobs in December, however, the unemployment rate edged up a notch to 7.5 per cent went up because there were more people actively looking for work.

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