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Canada added 8,300 jobs in February

The Canadian economy added 8,300 jobs in February, Statistics Canada said Thursday.

The gains were led by British Columbia, where there were notable job increases largely associated with the Olympic Games. The accommodation and food services, investigation and security services and employment services sectors all gained.

The manufacturing sector added 11,200 jobs in February, the largest increase for this sector since January 2008.

But gains in manufacturing and elsewhere were partly offset by declines in retail trade, mainly in grocery stores and gasoline stations. There were also declines in educational services, the data agency said.

The average weekly earnings of "non-farm payroll employees" during the month were $843.91, up 2.8 per cent from the same month a year earlier.

On an annual basis, average weekly earnings rose in every province, but the greatest average growth came in Newfoundland and Labrador, with a 6.8 per cent gain, followed by Nova Scotia (3.7 per cent), Ontario (3.4 per cent) and Saskatchewan (3.4 per cent). (Source: CBC)

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