Economy adds 2,300 jobs in January

Fri Feb 3, 2012 7:05am EST
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(Reuters) - The economy added 2,300 net new jobs in January, fewer than expected as a small gain of 5,900 part-time jobs was offset by the loss of 3,600 full-time ones, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

The unemployment rate edged upward to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent in the previous month as more people joined the job search.

Jobs were lost in professional, scientific and technical services, as well as in finance, insurance and real estate over the month. Employment in education and in personal and household services rose in January.

The manufacturing industry saw a small gain in employment of 10,000, but there are still fewer jobs in this sector compared with 12 months ago.

(Reporting by Ora Morison; Editing by Louise Egan)