Jobless rate climbs

Canada lost 24,200 jobs last month and its unemployment rate moved up to 5.7 per cent to give the economy its weakest three-month stretch of job creation since early 2018.

On the positive side, Statistics Canada says July’s wage growth came in strong at 4.5 per cent _ which was its highest level in more than a decade.

The agency’s latest labour force survey found that job creation was nearly flat between May and July, a period that saw Canada add an average of 400 jobs per month.

The economy had been on a healthy run of employment gains that began last summer.

Hamilton and Waterloo Region posted higher jobless numbers, St. Catharines Niagara was unchanged and the city rate dropped slightly.

Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):

_ St. John’s, N.L. 7.7 per cent (8.1)

_ Halifax 5.2 (5.2)

_ Moncton, N.B. 5.7 (6.0)

_ Saint John, N.B. 6.8 (5.8)

_ Saguenay, Que. 5.3 (4.6)

_ Quebec 2.3 (2.4)

_ Sherbrooke, Que. 4.3 (3.8)

_ Trois-Rivieres, Que. 5.6 (5.7)

_ Montreal 5.8 (5.5)

_ Gatineau, Que. 4.2 (4.7)

_ Ottawa 5.0 (5.6)

_ Kingston, Ont. 4.8 (4.6)

_ Peterborough, Ont. 5.0 (5.3)

_ Oshawa, Ont. 5.2 (5.1)

_ Toronto 5.7 (5.9)

_ Hamilton, Ont. 4.9 (4.8)

_ St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 5.7 (5.7)

_ Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.5 (4.8)

_ Brantford, Ont. 4.5 (4.7)

_ Guelph, Ont. 5.1 (5.4)

_ London, Ont. 5.8 (4.9)

_ Windsor, Ont. 5.9 (5.7)

_ Barrie, Ont. 5.4 (6.4)

_ Sudbury, Ont. 5.0 (5.3)

_ Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.8 (5.4)

_ Winnipeg 5.4 (5.2)

_ Regina 5.3 (4.5)

_ Saskatoon 5.9 (6.0)

_ Calgary 6.9 (7.0)

_ Edmonton 7.5 (7.0)

_ Kelowna, B.C. 4.3 (4.4)

_ Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 5.5 (5.5)

_ Vancouver 4.0 (4.0)

_ Victoria 3.8 (4.0)

 

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