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August Unemployment Rate Increases by 0.1 Percent to 8.7%

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Walkerton, ON (September 4, 2020) – In August, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region increased by 0.1 percentage point to 8.7%. At the same time, the provincial…
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July Unemployment Rate Decreases to Lowest in Ontario at 8.6%

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Walkerton, ON (August 7, 2020) – In July, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region decreased by 1.0 percentage point to 8.6%. At the same time, the provincial…
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June Unemployment at 9.6% but new under utilization rate gives a more complete picture

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Walkerton, ON (July 10, 2020) – In June, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region increased by 0.3 percentage points to 9.6%. At the same time, the provincial…
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connect2JOBS.ca The Place to Find Your Next Job

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Walkerton, ON (June 18th, 2020) – connect2JOBS.ca is a new jobs website that pulls vacancies for the region into one place for easy access. Normally, job seekers have to search…
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June 2020 – Local Unemployment Rate Increases Significantly in May

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Walkerton, ON (June 5, 2020) – In May, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region increased by 1.2 percentage points to 9.3%. At the same time, the provincial…
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May 2020 – Local Unemployment Rate Increases to 8.1% in April

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Walkerton, ON (May 8, 2020) – In April, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region increased by 2.2 percentage points to 8.1%. At the same time, the provincial…
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Planning Board Releases Regional COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey Findings

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Walkerton, ON (April 22, 2020) – Today, Four County Labour Market Planning Board, in partnership with six other workforce planning boards that are part of Workforce Planning West, released their…
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April 2020 – Local Unemployment Rate Increases By 1.0% in March

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Walkerton, ON (April 9, 2020) – In March, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region increased by 1.0 percentage points to 5.9%. At the same time, the provincial…
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March 2020 – Local Unemployment Rate Increases in February

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Walkerton, ON (March 6, 2020) –In February, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region increased by 0.8 percentage points to 4.9%. At the same time, the provincial unemployment…
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December 2019 – Local Unemployment Rate Falls Again In November

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Walkerton, ON (December 6, 2019) – In November, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region decreased again, falling to 2.4%, and continuing to occupy the lowest unemployment rate…
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November 2019 – Local Unemployment Rate Continues To Be Lowest In The Province

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Walkerton, ON (November 8, 2019) – In October, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region decreased considerably by 1.1 percentage points, to 3.1% continuing to occupy the lowest…
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October 2019 – Local Unemployment Rate Decreases Slightly in September

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Walkerton, ON (October 11, 2019) – In September, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region decreased slightly, by 0.1 percentage points, to 4.2% which represents the lowest unemployment…
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September 2019 – Increased Local Unemployment Rate Still Lower Than Province in August

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Walkerton, ON (September 6, 2019) – In August, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region increased by 0.5 percentage points to 4.3%. This is higher than a year…
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August 2019 – Increased Local Unemployment Rate Still Lower Than Province in July

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Walkerton, ON (August 9, 2019) – In July, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region increased by 0.4 percentage points to 3.8%. This is slightly higher than a…
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July 2019 – Local Unemployment Rate Decreases in June

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Walkerton, ON (July 5, 2019) – In June, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region decreased by 1.3 percentage points to 3.4%. The provincial unemployment rate decreased by…
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June 2019 – Local Unemployment Rate Decreases In May

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Walkerton, ON (June 07, 2019) – In May, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region decreased by 1.2 percentage points to 4.7%. The provincial unemployment rate decreased by…
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May 2019 – Local Unemployment Rate Decreases In April

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Walkerton, ON (May 10, 2019) – In April, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region decreased by 1.0 percentage points to 5.9%. The provincial unemployment rate increased by…
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March 2019 – Local Unemployment Rate Increases In February

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Walkerton, ON (March 8, 2019) – In February, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region rose by 1.1 percentage points to 5.6%. The provincial unemployment rate rose by…
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January 2018 – Stratford Bruce Peninsula Adds 1,200 Jobs

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Walkerton, ON (January 5, 2018) – The unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region fell by 0.2 percentage points to 4.1%, with more people employed and searching for work.…
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February 2018 – More Workers Left The Labour Force In January

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Walkerton, ON (February 9, 2018) – The January unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region rose by 0.3 percentage points to 4.4%. In January, 2,300 people left the labour…
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February 2018 – TVO The Agenda A Northern And Rural Appeal To Newcomers

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Watch Gemma take part in The Agenda's episode to discuss how to attract newcomer's to rural Ontario.
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March 2018 – Notable Full Time Employment Declines

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Walkerton, ON (March 9, 2018) – The February unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region was little changed at 4.5%, slightly increased 0.1 percentage point compared with January. Over…
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April 2018 – Unemployment Rate Increase Continues

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Walkerton, ON (April 6, 2018) – The unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region rose in March by 0.4 percentage points to 4.9%, a result of more people participating…
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May 2018 – People Are Dropping Out Of The Labour Force In April

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Walkerton, ON (May 11, 2018) – The unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region fell in April by 0.5 percentage points to 4.4%, a result of 1,700 people leaving…
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May 2018 – Local Unemployment Rate Falls In May

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Walkerton, ON (May 11, 2018) – The unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region fell in April by 0.5 percentage points to 4.4%, a result of 1,700 people leaving…
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July 2018 – Unemployment Rate Trends Down

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Walkerton, ON (July 6, 2018) – The unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region fell by 0.3 percentage to 3% in June, the lowest in the province. In June,…
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August 2018 – Local Unemployment Rate Remains The Same In July

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Walkerton, ON (August, 10 2018) – In July, the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region still held the lowest unemployment rate in the province at 3.0%, while the provincial unemployment rate rose…
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January 2017 – More People Looking For Work Last Month

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Walkerton, ON (January 6, 2017) – While the province’s unemployment rate fell .2% between November (5.9%) and December 2016 (5.7%), the rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region went up…
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February 2017 – Unemployment Rate Rises

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Walkerton, ON (February 10, 2017) – The unemployment rate in the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region rose 1.4% from 3.8% (December) to 5.2% (January), while the province’s unemployment rate had a…
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March 2017 – Unemployment Rate Surpasses Provincial Rate

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Walkerton, ON (March 20, 2017) – The Stratford-Bruce Peninsula unemployment rate rose sharply to 6.3 % in February from 5.2% in January, while the province saw a softer rise to…
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April 2017 – Unemployment Rate Continues To Rise

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Walkerton, ON (April 7, 2017) – The unemployment rate in the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region rose for the second row in a month, up .5% from 6.3% in February to…
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May 2017 – Unemployment Rate Drops

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Walkerton, ON (May 5, 2017) – The unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region in April fell .7% from 6.8% to 6.1%. This drop returns the local unemployment rate…
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June 2017 – Unemployment Rate Continues To Drop

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Walkerton, ON (June 9, 2017) – The unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region in May declined 1.6% points to 4.5%, the lowest since January 2017. The decrease was…
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July 2017 – Unemployment Rate Continues To Drop

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Gemma Mendez-Smith 519-881-2725 executivedirector@planningboard.ca Walkerton, ON (July 7, 2017) – The June unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region edged down slightly by 1% point to 3.5%, continuing a…
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September 2017 – 20th Anniversary AGM

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Our Annual General Meeting this year is going to be extra special, since we’re celebrating our 20th Anniversary of planning to keep you working. Our keynote speaker will be Bethany…
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August 2017 – Unemployment Rate Hits Record Low

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Walkerton, ON (August 4, 2017) – The July unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region hits its lowest level since 2001, dropping to a record-low 2.9%. The decrease of…
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January 2016 – Local Unemployment Decreases

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Gemma Mendez-Smith 519-881-2725 executivedirector@planningboard.ca Walkerton (Jan. 8, 2016) – The Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region matched the province’s change in unemployment rate by dropping .2%, from 5.9% in November 2015 to…
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February 2016 – Gains In Full Time Employment

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Walkerton (Feb. 5, 2016) – Ontario began 2016 with an employment rate of 60.5% and a participation rate of 64.6%, while the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula region saw the year start at…
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March 2016 – Upward Trend Of Full Time Employment Continues

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Walkerton (March 11, 2016) – Unlike the provincial unemployment rate which rose .2% from 6.4% to 6.6% in February, the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula region saw a .1% drop from 5.7% to…
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April 2016 – Unemployment Rate Edges Up

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Walkerton (April 8, 2016) – The unemployment rate for both the province and the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region edged higher in March putting it at the highest level since September…
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May 2016 – Unemployment Rate Edges Lower

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Walkerton (May 6, 2016) – While the unemployment rate for the province rose slightly, from 6.9% to 7%, the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region edged lower from 6.3% to 6.2% in…
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June 2016 – Local Unemployment Rate Drops

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Walkerton (June 10, 2016) – In May the unemployment rate for the province edged lower from 7% to 6.9%. The Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region had a bigger drop from 6.2%…
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July 2016 – Industries Experienced Growth Locally

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Walkerton (July 8, 2016) – In June, both Ontario and the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region experienced drops in unemployment rates in the month of June. The local region stands at…
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August 2016 – Local Unemployment Rate Well Below Provincial Rate

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Walkerton (August 5, 2016) – The unemployment rate of 4.2% in the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region for July remains well below the provincial unemployment rate of 6.5%. The local unemployment…
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September 2016 – Local Unemployment Rate Increases

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Walkerton (September 9, 2016) – The unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region increased to 5.1% in August from 4.2% the previous month, the first increase since March this…
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February 2015 – Increased Participation Rate Is Good For Business

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WALKERTON (February 06, 2015) – Stratford-Bruce Peninsula (Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties) employment decreased by 1,000 in January, resulting in an increased unemployment rate of 0.8 percentage points to…
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March 2015 – Climate of Increased Participation Rates

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WALKERTON (March 13, 2015) – A slight drop in employment in Stratford-Bruce-Peninsula (Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties) mirrored Canada’s drop in February, while the local unemployment rate rose by…
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May 2015 – Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

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WALKERTON (May 8, 2015) – For the third consecutive month, unemployment rates held steady for both Ontario at 6.8% and Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region (Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties)…
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June 2015 – Increased Economic Activity

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WALKERTON (June 5, 2015) – While Canada and the province’s unemployment rates, at 7.2 and 7.0 respectively, remained unchanged from April according to seasonally unadjusted estimates, the unemployment rate fell…
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July 2015 – Local Unemployment Rate Consistently Dropping

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WALKERTON (July 10, 2015) – Stratford-Bruce Peninsula’s unemployment rate has dropped consistently over the past six months.
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August 2015 – Local Unemployment Rate Rises

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Walkerton (August 7, 2015) – After a consistent drop in the unemployment rate since the start of the year, the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula labour force experienced its first unemployment rate increase…
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September 2015 – Unemployment Rate Continues To Rise

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Walkerton (Sept. 4, 2015) – The unemployment rates for both the province and the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region increased in the month of August. While the province saw a marginal…
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October 2015 – Unemployment Rate Rises In The Region

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Walkerton (Oct. 9, 2015) – The unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region jumped up .5% from 6.1% in August to 6.6% in September, while the province’s rate remained…
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December 2015 – Decrease in Unemployment Rate Changes the Previous Trend

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Walkerton (Dec. 4, 2015) – The unemployment rate fell for both the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula economic region and the province in November 2015. While the local region experienced a .2% drop…
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