Winter weather may have hampered employment in the first few months of 2014, but nations have posted strong recoveries in the past month. Job growth has remained positive for both the U.S. and Canada, with both countries reporting improved economic situations in March and April.
The U.S. posted strong gains in private employment throughout March, according to both the Bureau of Labor Statistics and ADP, who said that the nation added close to 200,000 employees during the month. Reuters reported that the gains in employment were likely attributable to the higher temperatures across the country, which have helped improve job numbers in construction, manufacturing and travel.
Canada also experienced positive growth during March. According to Bloomberg, the country added 42,900 jobs, which not only exceeded economists' predictions of 22,500, but also represented the highest job numbers in seven months. Unemployment dipped as well, standing at 6.9 per cent. Krishen Rangasamy, the senior economist at National Bank Financial, explained that the boost was tied to both weather and improvements in the U.S.
"Canada's employment prospects should improve further in the months ahead as the economy rids itself of the effects of the atypically harsh winter, and gets a lift from an acceleration in U.S. growth," Rangasamy said.
Joe Oliver, the nation's finance minister, added that while the numbers have improved, Canada would still place a great deal of emphasis on job creation in the coming months.