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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Unemployment Down Slightly in Region

Grey Bruce | by Matt Hermiz  

Jobless rate hits 4.2 per cent in September.

Unemployment in the economic region that includes Grey and Bruce counties was down slightly last month.

The Four County Labour Market Planning Board reports the jobless rate in the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region in September was 4.2 per cent -- 0.1 percentage points lower than August.

The provincial unemployment rate also fell slightly to 5.8 per cent; Nationally, it dropped to 5.5 per cent.

The local economy added 1,000 net jobs last month, but actually lost 300 full-time positions. The labour market planning board says that was offset by part-time job gains of more than 1,300.

The greatest job gains in the region were in construction, health care and social assistance and building/support services. The educational services and accommodation and food services industries saw the most job losses in September.

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