There’s no way to sugar-coat the latest Canadian job numbers, which are brutal. Economy watchers had predicted a modest gain for December and no change in the unemployment rate. What we got instead was a surprising net loss of 45,900 jobs – all of the full-time variety – almost evenly split among manufacturing and services . It was the biggest drop since March. Unemployment jumped to 7.2 per cent, the first time Canada’s rate has exceeded that of the U.S. in more than five years.