Canada jobs surge in September, driven by the self-employed

By Leah Schnurr

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada added far more jobs than expected in September, mainly because of the biggest increase in self-employed workers in more than seven years, data from Statistics Canada showed on Friday.

Economists did not expect the report, which has been volatile month-to-month, to move the Bank of Canada off the sidelines when it meets later this month. A senior policymaker said on Thursday there was still more slack in the labor market than the unemployment rate would suggest.

After cutting interest rates twice last year to offset the effects of plunging oil prices, the central …
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