Statistics Canada says the national economy lost 51,600 jobs in August.
The country’s unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent compared with 5.8 per cent in July. Economists had expected an increase of 5,000 jobs for the month and the unemployment rate to be 5.9 per cent.
In PEI, an increase of 200 in full time employment partially offset a drop in the number of part-time jobs. The Island’s unemployment rate fell to 9.3 per cent in August from July’s 9.5 per cent.