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Canada added 22,000 new jobs in December 2009

The Canadian economy added 22,000 new jobs in December last year, the fourth months in a row, Statistics Canada said.

Some 22,000 new jobs were added in Canada in December, and more are expected to be added in the coming months.

The payroll employment survey by Statistics Canada tracks the number of paid positions based on tax information submitted to the Canada Revenue Agency by businesses.

The job gains in December were widespread, with 61 per cent of industries reporting gains, the highest share since October 2007.

The construction sector has increased by 19,300 (2.4 per cent) since August, and other industries with ties to construction had either modest job growth or small declines.  The demand for skilled workers in the construction and related industries may continue to grow, as the Canadian Prime Minister announced late January that the upcoming Canadian construction season in April and May will be extremely busy due to the infrastructure stimulus programs introduced by the Canadian Government in 2009.

It is expected that targeted Canadian immigration will assist with the shortage in construction and skilled workers.

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