Job­less rates con­tinue up­ward

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

Statis­tics Canada re­leased its new job­less fig­ures Fri­day and re­vealed the ‘ac­tual’ un­em­ploy­ment rates in New­found­land and Labrador climbed in Jan­uary.

Na­tion­ally, the ‘sea­son­ally-ad­justed’ rate is down slightly to 8.3 per cent.

The pro­vin­cial job­less rate now stands at an even 16 per cent, up eight/tenths of one per cent over De­cem­ber and just over one per cent from a year ago.

Stats Can re­ported the labour force in Jan­uary fell off 2,500 since De­cem­ber to stand at 248,700 with the num­ber of em­ployed pegged at 209,000 – a 4,000 drop from De­cem­ber. The num­ber of un­em­ployed rose to 39,700, 1,400 more than the pre­vi­ous month.

Along the South Coast/Burin Penin­sula, the job­less rate is just un­der 20 per cent at 19.9 for Jan­uary. It’s up seven/tenths of one per cent from De­cem­ber. A year ago it was over 21 per cent.

The labour force along the coast fell off 500 peo­ple from De­cem­ber to stand at 14,600 while the em­ployed dropped 500 as well (11,700) and the un­em­ployed re­mained at 2,900.

In the prov­ince’s other re­gions, the Avalon Penin­sula’s un­em­ploy­ment rate in­creased slightly to 11.8 per cent in Jan­uary; the West Coast/North­ern Penin­sula/Labrador re­gion went up a full per­cent­age point to 17.7 per cent and in Notre Dame/Cen­tral Bon­av­ista Bay jumped just un­der two per cent to 24.9 per cent.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.