According to numbers released by Statistics Canada today (Feb. 8), the unemployment rate increased in Prince George to six per cent, which is up from 5.8 in December.
The rise in the unemployment rate was attributable to an expansion in the labor force with more people seeking jobs.
The participation rate - the percentage of working age people employed or actively looking for work - in the Montreal region was 66.6 per cent in January, down from 66.8 per cent the month before and from 67.9 in January 2018.
The number of workers in professional, scientific and technical services also rose, while jobs in goods-producing sectors decreased - notably in agriculture.
Canada saw 66,800 net new jobs in January, fuelled by a hiring surge in the private sector. Part-time job gains outpaced full-time, 36,000 positions versus 30,900, respectively, and youth aged 15 to 24 led employment growth, adding 52,800 jobs.
"Definitely the headline job gain was very impressive", said BMO chief economist Douglas Porter.
(StatsCan warns with unadjusted data, one can not make month-to-month comparisons since different seasonal factors influence each month).
He said it's also important to consider that growth in Canada's population and labour force has accelerated, thanks in large part to immigration.
Nationally, the unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.8 per cent, up from 5.6 per cent in December 2018.
The unemployment rate in January was 5.5 percent compared to 4.7 percent in December of 2018.
The jobs data is one of the last major indicators ahead of the March 6 rate decision.
Across Canada, the unemployment was for January 2019 was highest in Newfoundland and Labrador, at 11.4%.
Canada's unemployment rate was recorded at 5.8 per cent in January, and Ontario recorded a jobless rate of 5.7 per cent last month.
"Volatility returned with a notable increase in employment during the month of January", he wrote.