Jobless rate drops
The regional unemployment rate continued to drop in June, according to Statistics Canada.
In June, the jobless rate was 5.7 per cent, down from 6 per cent in May, 6.6 in April, and 6.8 in March.
The figures are for a region that encompasses Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell, Frontenac, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville and Renfrew counties.
On a national level, after two consecutive months of little change, employment rose by 32,000 in June. With more people searching for work, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points to 6 per cent.
Compared with June 2017, employment increased by 215,000 or 1.2%, with all the growth in fulltime work.
In Ontario, employment rose by 35,000 in June, bringing yearover-year gains to 157,000, or 2.2 per cent.
With more people looking for work, the unemployment rate in Ontario increased to 5.9 per cent in June, up 0.2 percentage points from May.
Employment in Québec was also little changed in the month and on a year-over-year-basis. The unemployment rate in the province was 5.4 per cent in June.
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