By: Baystreet Staff - Friday, January 06, 2017 Surprise Boost for Jobs Numbers in December Advertisment Figures released Friday morning by Statistics Canada showed our economy unexpectedly added 53,700 new jobs in December, all of them full-time, while the unemployment rate edged up as more people sought work Analysts had forecast no change in employment. StatsCan revealed the jobless rate rose to 6.9% from 6.8 percent in November. The agency also reported that full-time employment, which had fallen in the previous two months, jumped by 81,300 jobs, the largest month-on-month gain since March 2012. Part-time employment dropped by 27,600. In the 12 months to December, the number of people employed grew by 214,100, or 1.2%. The six-month average for employment growth was 28,000 jobs, up from 19,300 in November.