Harper says he expects job market to fluctuate

Fri Oct 9, 2009 2:18pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's job market could well fluctuate in coming months despite unexpectedly good jobs news in September, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday.

Employers hired six times more workers than forecast in September, cutting the jobless rate for the first time since July 2008 in another sign the economy is rebounding from a deep recession.

"We have some good news today. I don't think we're out of the woods. I think in the next few months we could still see a lot of up and down," Harper told a televised news conference in Welland, Ontario.

"My big concern remains the United States. ... We have to be realistic that these problems in the United States do continue to create real drags on the Canadian economy," he said.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Frank McGurty)