Canada’s pot legalization helped to significantly boost job numbers in November and push the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 5.6 percent — the lowest level since 1976, the government statistical agency said on Friday.
In total, 94,000 jobs were added in the month. Gains were spread throughout most of the country, but led by Quebec and Alberta. Only the four eastern Maritimes provinces saw no changes, according to Statistics Canada.
It said the number of people employed in cannabis-related jobs — including bud trimming — in November rose 266 percent to 10,400, against the same period a year earlier.
Recreational-use cannabis was legalized on October 17, creating an entirely new industry.
More than half of these jobs were in Ontario province, which has the…