Despite the addition of 12,000 jobs to the economy, new figures released by Statistics Canada show that the unemployment rate climbed by one-tenth of a percentage point in the month of September.
The rate now stands at 7.1%, with the jump being attributed to a rise in the number of people entering the labour force and a rise in part-time employment, offset by a drop in full-time jobs.
The number of part-time jobs increased by 74,000 in September, but full-time employment fell by 62,000.
Regionally, gains were posted in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, however Ontario saw a drop of 34,000 jobs over the month.
The jobs report is the last major piece of economic data to be released before the upcoming federal election on October 19th.