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Canada adds 378,000 jobs in September, accelerating growth from August

Last Updated Oct 9, 2020 at 11:10 am MST

Statistics Canada building and signs are pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the country added 378,00 jobs in September as Canadians adapted to back-to-school routines and bringing employment to with 720,000 of pre-pandemic levels.

The unemployment rate fell to 9.0 per cent, continuing its slide down from the record-high of 13.7 per cent recorded in May.

The agency said mothers and fathers had employment levels that matched what was recorded pre-pandemic, but notes it is taking longer for mothers to get back to regular working hours.

The number of mothers who worked less than half their usual hours in September was 70 per cent higher than in February, compared to 23.7 per cent for fathers.

Overall, the unemployment rate fell to 9.0 per cent, continuing its slide down from the record-high of 13.7 per cent recorded in May.