Windsor unemployment rises in August

Kenny Grant
September 9, 2018

Nationally, the jobless rate rose to six per cent in August from 5.8 per cent the month before.

But it's a different story for B.C., with data released Friday (Sept. 6) from Statistics Canada revealing the province added 9,900 jobs to the labour force compared with the 51,600 jobs lost across Canada.

Moncton showed a loss of 500 jobs in August and saw its unemployment rate grow to 6.7 per cent from 6.4 per cent in July. Saint John gained 500 jobs and its unemployment rate increased only slightly from 5.4 per cent to 5.5 per cent.

The agency said in its Labour Force Survey for August 2018 a number of factors came into play as the national economy shed 92,000 part-time jobs.

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Canada's seesawing employment report posted particularly volatile numbers last month that showed big, mid-summer gains had essentially been wiped out by August. That is a sharp contrast to the 12.1 per cent unemployment seen in 2010.

Economists had expected an increase of 5,000 jobs for the month and the unemployment rate to be 5.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.

For employee work, the economy lost 38,000 public-sector jobs last month, while the private sector shed 30,700 positions.

The report also found, that across the country, employment fell by 22,000 in professional, scientific and technical services, with the majority of these losses in Ontario.

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