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Nearly 1.5 million Canadians working in construction with latest industry job gains


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February 7, 2020 by On-Site Staff

The job gains in January follow a strong finish to 2019 for the construction industry

Three straight months of positive labour momentum have pushed the number of Canadians working in the construction industry to nearly one and a half million.

The building industry added about 15,800 jobs, or 1.1 per cent, in January, upping the total workforce to 1.497 million, Statistics Canada said in its most recent Labour Force Survey.

The latest seasonally adjusted monthly gain and a strong finish to 2019 translate to over 50,000 more workers on job sites across the country in January 2020 than during the same month a year earlier.

Canada’s overall economy also created added 35,000 new jobs compared to December — enough to log a small 0.2 per cent increase. The unemployment rate fell 0.1 per cent on the month as well, dipping to 5.5 per cent.