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Canada’s manufacturing sector adds jobs

Canada released its strongest jobs report in months during May. Much of the country’s employment growth came from the manufacturing industry, the sector that created the most jobs last month.

The Globe and Mail reported that the manufacturing field added 21,500 jobs over the course of May. Many of these jobs were in car sales and exports, areas that led the sector in workforce expansion. According to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, May represented the second straight month of notable gains for this field.

This welcome boost to the sector’s employment situation brought its numbers back up to rates Canada has not seen since February 2014. Within the manufacturing sector, the unemployment rate is at 4.2 percent and 1.72 million workers are employed across the nation. CME explained that although it looked like the industry would take a downward spiral during 2015, these consecutive months of industry growth might push the sector in a better direction.

Increased hiring in the industry was the most visible in Ontario, which is home to 45 percent of the country’s manufacturing positions. This region gained 16,000 industry jobs in May, a 2.1 percent increase over April’s employment numbers.