The economy lost 51,600 net jobs last month in a decrease that helped drive the national unemployment rate to six per cent, up from 5.8 per cent in July, Statistics Canada reported Friday in its monthly labour force survey. Canadian economists had predicted the rate would drop to 5-point-9 per cent on an increase of 5-thousand jobs.
Canada's unemployment rate rose to 6.0 per cent last month from 5.8 in July.
British Columbia's 5.3 per cent rate in August was the lowest in the country, though that rate was up from five per cent in July.
The often-volatile monthly employment numbers followed an increase of 54,100 positions in July.
In Chatham-Kent, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 per cent.
Part-time employment declined by 92,000 jobs while full-time positions rose by 40,400 positions.
Statistics Canada says the jobless rate in Windsor went up last month.
Ontario lost 80,100 jobs last month after gaining 60,600 in July - with both data points nearly entirely driven by swings in part time work.
Alberta's jobless rate remained the same at 6.7 per cent.
The unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent compared with 5.8 per cent in July. Market expectations were for an increase in employment of 5,000, according to economists at Royal Bank of Canada.
In August, the data also show the economy lost 38,000 public-sector employee jobs last month, while the private sector shed 30,700 positions.
By industry, the data showed large declines in construction, professional and scientific services and agriculture, partly offset by gains in utilities and business and other services.