A surge in temporary public-administration work generated by the federal election has led to bumper month in terms of job creation.
According to figures released by Statistics Canada on Friday morning, the labour force nationwide received a boost of 44,400 net jobs in October.
The jobs boost helped push October’s unemployment rate down one tenth of a percentage point to seven per cent.
Both figures far exceeded economists expectations.
The figures are not unusual however, with the agency saying that similar, temporary spikes in employment have been detected previously during election and census periods.
The number of part-time positions soared by 35,400, while full-time jobs crept up by just 9,000, while the figures also show that 143,400 more people were working compared to a year ago.