Windsor's unemployment rate increases to 5.2 per cent

Hugh Fox
April 8, 2018

Unemployment figures released by Statistics Canada on Friday show Cape Breton's jobless rate was at 15.8 per cent in March.

According to Statistics Canada, the jobless rate for the area that stretches from Jasper to Peace River and includes Grande Prairie is 5.1 percent.

The unemployment rate for Alberta dropped from 6.7 to 6.3 per cent in March, substantially lower than the rate a year ago, which was 8.3 per cent.

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Unemployment, based on the bureau's monthly survey of households, has steadily declined since hitting a peak of 10% in 2009. That was the smallest increase since September and followed a 326,000 surge in February.

Average hourly wages for all employees on private non-farm payrolls rose by eight cents throughout the month.

NutraBlend closed in late February, costing 88 jobs, while Apotex Pharmachem Inc. announced layoffs of 54 people in mid-March. There has been an increase in reports of employers, especially in the construction and manufacturing sectors, struggling to find qualified workers. Average hourly pay ticked up, climbing 2.7 percent compared with a year earlier.

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The unemployment rate across the province increased for the third consecutive month, to five percent. Economists did not see an impact on hiring in the near-term from a recent stock market selloff, which has caused a tightening in financial conditions.

Among Virginia's 133 cities and counties, the lowest jobless rates were found in Arlington; Falls Church; Alexandria and the city of Fairfax (2.4 percent each); and, in a four-way tie at 2.6 percent, Fairfax, Fluvanna and Loudoun counties and the city of Charlottesville.

Growth in the January-March period tends to be weak because of a seasonal quirk. Growth this year is seen boosted by a US$1.5 trillion income tax cut package and increased government spending, which economists say will offset some of the impact from the stock market gyrations.

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