By Kim Mackrael

OTTAWA--Canada unexpectedly added jobs in October on a surge in part-time positions while the unemployment rate remained the same.

Canada gained a net 43,900 jobs in October, and the national unemployment rate remained at 7.0% as more people joined the labor market, Statistics Canada said Friday. Expectations were for a loss of 15,000 jobs and no change in the jobless rate, according to economists at Royal Bank of Canada.

In October, Canada lost 23,100 full-time positions and added 67,100 part-time jobs. The number of people employed in jobs paying regular weekly or biweekly wages rose by 43,800, while the ranks of the self-employed, who tend to be independent contractors or freelancers, edged up by 200, Statistics Canada said.

For the 12 months ending October 31, the Canadian economy added 139,600 jobs.

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November 04, 2016 08:45 ET (12:45 GMT)

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