22,000 jobs created in December as manufacturing surges

Canada has more than recouped all the jobs lost during the 2009 recession
By Louise Egan
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/01/2011

(Reuters) — Canada's economy created more jobs than expected in December after three months of disappointing employment numbers, coinciding with signs of momentum in hiring in the United States.

Some 22,000 more Canadians were working in December than in November primarily because of a surge in manufacturing jobs. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.6 per cent, according to Statistics Canada's labour force survey released on Friday.

Markets expected 17,500 positions to be created in the month and the jobless rate to tick higher to 7.7 per cent.