Windsor’s unemployment rate increases slightly

Andrew Cummings
September 10, 2019

The Canadian economy gained a larger-than-expected 81,100 net jobs in August, largely driven by increases in part-time work, Statistics Canada data showed on Friday in its last major release of economic statistics before a national election campaign begins.

The strength of the city's job market appears even more dramatic when looking at the employment rate, the percentage of people employed out of the total adult population (aged 15 and older). The jobless rate edged down to 4.9 per cent in August compared to 5.0 per cent in July. There were 20,000 new jobs added in Quebec last month, spread out across a range of fields, primarily finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing.

While B.C.'s performance lagged in August, Canada as a whole added 81,100 jobs, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.7 per cent.

As of result of the uptick, the number of private-sector workers grew in August by 94,000, "more than offsetting" the decline seen in July, while the number of public-sector employees and self-employed workers "held steady", according to StatsCan.

By province, the biggest employment increases were in Ontario and Quebec, while Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick saw smaller gains.

But this time, it's not because jobs were lost.

That number jumps to 4,700 more people with full-time employment for August, year-over-year. In the lead up to next month's vote, Canadians will hear a lot from political parties as they pitch their plans as the best road maps for job creation and the economy.

Impressive job gains are nothing new- average employment growth over the past year is running at its strongest pace since 2003, he added. Hourly pay was up 3.7 per cent in August from a year earlier.

The reading, one of several wage measures watched by the Bank of Canada, was 3.8 per cent in June and 2.8 per cent in May.

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