Alberta unemployment increased in November, according to StatsCan

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Newfoundland and Labrador's unemployment rate went up slightly to 11.2 per cent from 11.1 in October. Though Washington and Beijing are working on a "phase one" trade deal, the United States has ratcheted up tensions with other trade partners including Brazil, Argentina and France.

Despite November's strong showing, the US economy remains in a larger downward trend of slowing job growth. Mining employment is down by 19,000 jobs since May. Economists estimate the speed at which the economy can grow over a long period without igniting inflation at between 1.7% and 2%. That's enough to absorb new job seekers as a result of population growth and to potentially lower the unemployment rate.

Last month, the Fed lowered interest rates for the third time this year, but signalled it is pressing pause on its current cycle of lowering borrowing costs.

Premier Jason Kenney said it's "always disturbing to hear of any job losses", adding he never expected what he called a recessionary economy he inherited to quickly turn around.

Manufacturing activity contracted for a fourth straight month in November.

But cooler-than-normal temperatures in November curbed hiring at construction sites and mines.

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The labor force participation rate, or the proportion of working-age Americans who have a job or are looking for one, dipped to 63.2% in November from more than a six-year high of 63.3% in October.

Regionally, Quebec lost 45,100 jobs in November due to a decline in manufacturing as well as accommodation and food services. It may be that the larger size of the workforce and the rise in wages is allowing employees to work less or that newly hired employees are putting in fewer hours, pulling down the average. Wages rose 3.1% in November from 3.2% in October. On Thursday, Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Timothy Lane said Canada's strong labour market, particularly in the service sector, has been underpinning the economy, and data was suggesting the jobs market was tightening.

CIBC analyst Royce Mendes said, however, the November labor market pullback was "more than a breather", describing the losses as "an apparent massive decline in employment". Those include 263,000 durable goods manufacturing jobs since Donald Trump's election.

On a year-over-year basis, the total employment in the province has seen little change.

He said recently announced increases in future oil-by-pipeline shipments and a $250-million investment announcement by energy giant CNRL bode well for job and economic growth.

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