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Canada surprises with 52,100 new jobs in September

Oct 5 (Reuters) - Canada's economy added a higher-than-expected 52,100 jobs in September, largely due to a spike in full-time work, according to Statistics Canada data released on Friday.

The unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 7.4 percent in September. The six-month average for increase in employment is now 21,600.

Sept 2012 Aug 2012 Jobs gain/loss +52,100 +34,300 full-time +44,100 -12,500 part-time +8,000 +46,700 Unemployment rate 7.4 pct 7.3 pct Participation 66.8 pct 66.6 pct Labor force 18.960 mln 18.887 mln Sept 2012 Sept 2011 Pct change Avg hourly wage C$24.57 C$23.78 +3.3 NOTE:

- Analysts surveyed by Reuters had expected the economy to add 10,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate to remain at 7.3 percent.

- The employment figures are seasonally adjusted.

- Hourly wage figures are for permanent employees.

(Reporting by Alex Paterson; Editing by Randall Palmer)

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