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Canadian economy adds 52,100 jobs in September

TORONTO (AP) — Statistics Canada says the economy added a surprisingly strong 52,100 jobs in September in one of the healthiest monthly employment performances of the year.

However, the government agency said Friday that the jobless rate rose one-tenth of a point to 7.4 percent because more Canadians joined the labor force last month.

September's job increases were much stronger than August's 34,000 increase in part-time employment.

Economists had expected a 10,000 gain in keeping with an economy that is growing, but very slowly.

The latest gains were mostly full-time and all in the private sector, although more than half were in the self-employment category which economists say are often lower-paying and less productive.

Regionally, most of the hiring occurred in Ontario, which saw a gain of 31,600 jobs.

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