Windsor's unemployment rate rises higher than national average

Lloyd Doyle
October 7, 2018

The Northwest Territories added 900 jobs over the summer, according to third-quarter employment data from Statistics Canada released Friday. Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast a gain of 25,000 positions.

Stats Canada says September's gains were seen nearly entirely in Ontario and British Columbia, largely in construction, with little change in the other provinces.

Year-over-year the unemployment rate is up from September 2017 when it sat at 5.2 per cent, with 38,200 employed.

On an industry basis, more people are working in construction - up 28,000 positions in September, offsetting declines in the previous two months - agriculture, finance, insurance, and real estate. Market expectations were for an increase of 25,000. Employment fell in information, culture and recreation, business, building and other support services.

However, nearly all of the September job gains came from an increase in part-time employment and were mostly concentrated in Ontario and British Columbia with little change in other provinces.


Average hourly wages, a figure watched closely by the central bank, rose by 2.2 percent in September from a year earlier.

"The wild ride that is the Labour Force Survey continued in September", CIBC senior economist Royce Mendes wrote.

The data suggests the Northwest Territories relies on student jobs to keep employment numbers high over the summer, explained Jeff Barichello, an economic statistician with the N.W.T. Bureau of Statistics.

In Prince Albert and Northern Saskatchewan, which includes cities and towns in the region like Meadow Lake, North Battleford, and Battleford, the unemployment rate was 8.2 per cent for September, up marginally year-over-year from 7.8 per cent. But Canada added a total of 80,200 of full-time positions to land at 63,300 added jobs.

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