Job­less rate drops

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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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