RPT-UPDATE 3-Surprise Canada job losses fuel rate-cut speculation, sink C$
* December job loss 45,900 vs forecast of 14,600 gain
* Jobless rate rises to 7.2 pct from 6.9 pct
* 2013 slowest year for hiring since 2009
* C$ hits four-year low
* Market players raise bets on a rate cut this year
By Louise Egan
OTTAWA, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Canada's job market suffered a surprise setback in December, finishing off the worst year for hiring since 2009, according to the latest in a string of weak data that has increased speculation about the possibility of an interest rate cut.
The economy lost 45,900 jobs in the month as full-time jobs disappeared over a broad range of sectors, Statistics Canada said on Friday in a report that sent the Canadian dollar to a four-year low. Continued...