The economy added 54,000 jobs in September, bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.5 per cent from 5.7 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.
The gains were mostly in full-time work, the agency’s Labour Force Survey says.
There are 456,000 more jobs in Canada than a year ago, bringing employment up 2.4 per cent.
The rate of employment grew in Ontario and Nova Scotia, but held steady in the rest of the country. Growth was evenly split between men and women of core working age between 24 and 54.
More people got jobs in health care and social assistance, as well as in accommodation and food services.