The number of people looking for work didn't budge much across B.C. in December but Statistics Canada says overall, 40-thousand new jobs were created in this country last month.

Stats Can set December's national unemployment rate at a four year low of 7.1 per cent, which is a surprise -- because economists expected the jobless figure to climb to 7.3 per cent.

Ontario did most of the heavy lifting, creating 33-thousand, mostly full-time jobs last month while Alberta and B-C were among the provinces that showed little change.

Stats Can says B-C's jobless rate dipped to 6.5 per cent in December, down from 6.8 per cent the month earlier.