Jobless rate remains at record low

The unemployment rate held steady in March at 5.8 per cent for a second month in a row.

Statistics Canada says the economy created 32-thousand, 300 net new jobs last month and is reporting a surge in full-time work.

However, data reveals 19-thousand, 600 of the new positions were created in the public sector while the number of private-sector workers declined by seven-thousand.

In our listening area, the jobless rate declined in Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge and Guelph, held steady in Hamilton and Toronto and increased in Brantford.

The provincial jobless rate remains at 5.5 per cent.

_ St. John’s, N.L. 8.6 per cent (8.5)

_ Halifax 6.0 (6.4)

_ Moncton, N.B. 5.7 (5.3)

_ Saint John, N.B. 6.9 (6.6)

_ Saguenay, Que. 5.6 (5.8)

_ Quebec 3.6 (3.2)

_ Sherbrooke, Que. 5.7 (5.8)

_ Trois-Rivieres, Que. 5.4 (5.0)

_ Montreal 6.1 (6.0)

_ Gatineau, Que. 4.7 (4.5)

_ Ottawa 4.9 (5.3)

_ Kingston, Ont. 5.4 (5.4)

_ Peterborough, Ont. 4.8 (4.9)

_ Oshawa, Ont. 4.5 (4.8)

_ Toronto 5.8 (5.8)

_ Hamilton, Ont. 5.3 (5.3)

_ St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 5.6 (5.2)

_ Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.1 (5.3)

_ Brantford, Ont. 6.7 (5.1)

_ Guelph, Ont. 4.9 (5.3)

_ London, Ont. 6.3 (6.7)

_ Windsor, Ont. 5.2 (4.9)

_ Barrie, Ont. 8.8 (6.9)

_ Sudbury, Ont. 6.8 (6.7)

_ Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.1 (5.8)

_ Winnipeg 6.3 (6.0)

_ Regina 5.0 (4.9)

_ Saskatoon 6.5 (6.9)

_ Calgary 8.2 (7.9)

_ Edmonton 6.7 (6.9)

_ Kelowna, B.C. 5.2 (5.8)

_ Abbotsford, B.C. 4.0 (4.1)

_ Vancouver 4.0 (3.9)

_ Victoria 4.5 (4.4)

(The Canadian Press)

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