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Royal Bank of Canada economist Josh Nye described the job growth as reaching the stratosphere - but pointed to the average hourly wage growth of 2.7 per cent year-over-year as a sign that might stir Canada's central bank.

Ontario was Canada's job-gains leader, employing 44,000 more people, boosted largely by manufacturing and wholesale and resale trade; the province's unemployment rate was 5.5 per cent, its lowest since July 2000, Statistics Canada said.

Thomas market added 3,900 jobs in November as the unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 per cent. That leaves Manitoba tied with Quebec for the second lowest unemployment rate in the country after British Columbia's 4.8 per cent.

When using U.S. Labor Department methodology, Canada's jobless rate in November was 5.1%.

BC Stats has yet to release a detailed, sector by sector analysis of provincial job numbers for November.

At the Bank of Canada's next rate-policy decision on Wednesday, analysts at TD Securities say they expect Governor Stephen Poloz "to stop broadcasting the view that there is still slack in the labour market".

In fact, the number of full-time jobs has increased by an even larger number - 441,000 in the past year, StatsCan said, for the strongest pace in 18 years. StatsCan reported on Friday that the economy grew 0.4 per cent in the third quarter of this year, less than half the 1-per-cent growth seen the quarter before.

In Hamilton the jobless rate rose to 4.2 per cent in November compared with 4 per cent in October.

Investment in residential structures fell for a second-straight quarter - the first time since early 2013 that the category saw a decrease in two straight quarters.


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