Employment declined for core-aged women (25 to 54 years old), as well as people 55 and older and youth aged 15 to 24. There was little change for core-aged men.
The employment decreased the most in Ontario (-51,000) and Quebec (-17,000) followed by New Brunswick (-5,800) and Manitoba (-3,600).
Jobs were shed across a number of industries, including educational services (-20,000); finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing (-18,000); professional, scientific and technical services (-17,000); construction (-15,000); and health care and social assistance (-11,000). On the other hand, employment increased in business, building, and other support services (+11,000).
In January, the number of employees fell in both the private (-71,000) and public (-41,000) sectors, while the number of self-employed workers held steady.
On a year-over-year basis, employment went up by 289,000 or 1.6 percent driven by full-time work (+414,000 or +2.8 percent), while there were fewer people working part time (-125,000 or -3.5 percent). Over the same period, hours worked rose by 2.8 percent.