October 5, 2012 / 12:42 PM / in 5 years

Canada surprises with 52,100 new jobs in September

(Reuters) - Canada’s economy added a higher-than-expected 52,100 jobs in September, largely due to a spike in full-time work, according to Statistics Canada data released on Friday.

A man looks at a job board posted at a job fair in Toronto, April 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

The unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 7.4 percent in September. The six-month average for increase in employment is now 21,600.

Reporting by Alex Paterson; Editing by Randall Palmer

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