Unemployment rate falls but job gains tepid

Biggest job gains in November were in health care and social assistance
By Louise Egan and Julia Johnson
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/01/2011

(Reuters) — Canadian employers hired 15,200 workers in November, slightly below expectations as layoffs in the manufacturing sector almost offset gains in health care, trade and other services, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

The unemployment rate fell to 7.6 per cent from 7.9 in October but that was largely due to a large number of youth dropping out of the job market, the agency said.