Canada's economy pumped out 35,000 new jobs in October almost twice as many as economists were forecasting, Statistics Canada reported Friday.
London continued to have a worst labour participation rate in the country.
According to Statistics Canada, 35,000 net new jobs were created last month - twice as many as expected - as more people found full-time work and part-time employment declined.
On a year-over-year basis, employment rose by 308,100, or 1.7 percent, while the six-month average for employment growth was 29,700 jobs, up from 24,300 in September.
At the same time, their unemployment rate rose 0.8 percentage points to 11.1 per cent, as more of them searched for work, the data agency said. Saskatchewan lost 4,000 jobs in October.
The job gains - which more than doubled economists' forecasts - suggest the economy may be poised to end the year with a bang. The gains, particularly faster wage growth, could be signaling even less capacity than thought only a few weeks ago.
A 10.6 per cent drop in exports of motor vehicles and parts were offset in part by a 7.2 per cent increase in exports of energy products.
However, offsetting the jobs report, Statistics Canada also reported a $3.2-billion trade deficit for September, essentially unchanged from the previous month which was revised to a deficit of $3.2 billion compared with an initial estimate of $3.4 billion.
Leading the job growth in October was the "other services" category which gained 21,400 positions, while the construction industry gained 18,400 and information, culture and recreation industries added 15,300 jobs.
The national number cruncher shows the capital region's unemployment rate at 3.8 per cent in October, an improvement over the 4.5 per cent mark set last month.