OTTAWA, May 10 (Reuters) - The Canadian economy in April recovered 12,500 of the 54,500 jobs estimated to have been lost in March, but the unemployment rate stayed at 7.2 percent, Statistics Canada reported on Friday.
The figures were in line with the median forecast, in a Reuters survey of economists, of 15,000 new jobs and a 7.2 percent jobless rate. The unemployment rate had risen to that level in March from 7.0 percent in February.
The data is fairly volatile as March's big job loss followed a gain in February of about the same size at 50,700 positions. The employment statistics are based on a sample survey of representative households and are considered accurate only to within plus or minus 57,400, 19 times out of 20.
Thirty-six thousand full-time jobs were added. The public sector added 34,200 employees while the private sector lost 20,000. Manufacturing added the highest number of jobs since May 2012, winning back an estimated 20,600 of the 24,200 jobs lost in March, but it was still 51,800 below a year earlier.
In the provinces, the unemployment rate ranges from lows in those enjoying a resource boom, including 4.0 percent in Saskatchewan and 4.4 percent in Alberta to 12.4 percent in Newfoundland and Labrador.
(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Theodore d'Afflisio) Keywords: CANADA ECONOMY/JOBS
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