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Data Point: Positions and Work

data point: The biggest boost came from the number of private-sector employee positions, which climbed by 111,500 in January for the category's biggest month-to-month increase since the agency started collecting the data point in 1976, according to CTV. The number of self-employed positions, which can include unpaid work, declined by 60,700. The agency's latest labour force survey said more people also searched for work last month, which pushed the unemployment rate to 5.8 per cent, up from its 43-year low 5.6 per cent in December. The services sector saw a gain of 99,200 positions, led by new work in wholesale and retail trade, while the goods-producing industries experienced a net loss of 32,300 jobs, the report said. And even going into some of the details there was an incredible show of strength, supposedly, from the private sector. Definitely the headline job gain was very impressive, said BMO chief economist Douglas Porter. ( As reported in the news.