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Monday, September 9, 2019

Unemployment Treads Higher in Region

Grey Bruce | by Matt Hermiz  

August jobless rate hits 4.3 per cent in region that includes Grey Bruce.

Unemployment in the region that includes Grey and Bruce counties jumped last month.

The Four County Labour Market Planning board says the jobless rate in the Stratford Bruce Peninsula Economic Region was up 0.5 percentage points in August to 4.3 per cent.

In all, the local economy shaved 700 jobs, 600 of those were full-time positions.

According to data provided by the labour market planning board, the greatest job losses were in construction, utilities and agriculture.

The healthcare and social assistance, business and support services sectors saw employment gains in August.

The unemployment rate is over one percentage point higher than August 2018 -- when it was 3.2 per cent.

Nationally, the jobless rate held steady at 5.7 per cent last month. In Ontario, it fell slightly to 5.6 per cent.

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