April 9, 2009 / 6:36 PM / 9 years ago

Harper says job losses "not good news"

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The latest jobless figures in Canada, which showed unemployment hit a seven-year high of 8.0 percent in March, are not good news, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

<p>Canadia's Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrives for a Cultural Event during the NATO summit at the Kurhaus in Baden-Baden April 3, 2009. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch</p>

“Obviously this is not good news. At the same time this is the kind of level of unemployment we were expecting,” he told a televised news conference in Edmonton, Alberta.

“We are -- while not surprised -- obviously concerned about the rising jobless numbers.”

Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway

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