Canada’s jobs slip, NL im­proves

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

New­found­land and Labrador is again buck­ing the national trend with labour statis­tics.

Statis­tics Canada re­ported Fri­day Canada had lost 39,000 jobs in July and the ‘sea­son­ally ad­justed’ un­em­ploy­ment rate had risen to 7.2 per cent.

In New­found­land and Labrador, the ‘ac­tual’ (three month mov­ing aver­age) job­less rate fell over one full per­cent­age point from 11.4 in June to 10.2 per cent in July. Seven thou­sand more peo­ple were work­ing from one month to the next (243,400) and 3,000 fewer in­di­vid­u­als (27,600) were with­out jobs.

On a year over year ba­sis, the same one per­cent­age im­prove­ment was re­al­ized.

In the South Coast/Burin Penin­sula re­gion, a three per cent drop to 15.2 was recorded for July. There was lit­tle in the num­ber of peo­ple work­ing on this coast (14,400) but there were 500 fewer peo­ple sit­ting at home (2,600). The labour force re­mained the same at 17,100.

In other re­gions, the Avalon Penin­sula re­ported an im­proved 7.5 per cent un­em­ploy­ment rate; the West CoastNorth­ern Penin­sula-Labrador and Notre Dame-Cen­tral Bon­av­ista Bay re­gion also saw im­proved job­less rates hov­er­ing at 13.2 per cent.

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