Windsor's unemployment rate rises, drops in Chatham-Kent

Mae Love
September 10, 2018

It was six per cent in July, as well as August 2017.

Meanwhile, the Canadian economy lost 51,600 net jobs last month in a decrease that drove up the unemployment rate and essentially wiped out the big gain in July.

The rate, not adjusted for seasonal changes, is a 0.8 per cent increase from July.

The unemployment rate went up in Victoria, B.C. and nationwide last month as Statistics Canada released its latest job figures Friday.

The province lost 1,700 full-time jobs but gained 700 part-time ones.

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Compared with 12 months earlier, Canada's overall employment was up 0.9 per cent following the addition of 171,700 jobs, including 326,100 full-time positions. Employment in the province increased by 16,000 last month, but the unemployment rate remained the same as more people entered the labour market.

The August reading is 5.9 per cent in our region that stretches from Jasper to Peace River, that is down from July's 6.0 per cent and back to what it was in April.

Across the country, employment fell by 52,000 jobs in August with mainly part-time jobs taking a tumble.

Ontario experienced the biggest decrease of the provinces by far with a loss of 80,100 jobs - nearly all of which were part-time positions.

The increase mirrors increases in the Ontario and national unemployment rates.

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