April Unemployment Rate Further Decreased to 3.3%

Walkerton, ON (May 6, 2022) – In April, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region decreased by 1.2 percentage point to 3.3%, remaining the second lowest in Ontario. The provincial unemployment rate also decreased by 0.6 percentage point to 5.6%, both unadjusted for seasonality.

Overall net employment in the region increased by 2,800, with full-time losses (-200) and part-time gains (+3,000).

The number of Goods-producing sector employees increased by net 900. The main driving force came from gains in Utilities (1,400) even though Construction experienced a loss of 900.

Employment in the Services-producing sector increased by net 2,000. However, Health care and social assistance continued experiencing losses (-2,300). The gains in Wholesale and retail trade (+2,600) and other sectors offset the losses, which resulted in positive net gains.

“We are continuing to see that the local unemployment rate remains one of the lowest in the province. We need to focus on helping workers acquire the skills they need for available positions, as well as supporting individuals who may have left the workforce and are now in a position to re-enter the labour market” says Sarah Pelton, Executive Director of the Four County Labour Market Planning Board.

  • Labour force increased by 800
  • Not in labour force decreased by 500
  • Employment in Health care and social assistance decreased below the pre-pandemic level

Current job postings for the Bruce, Grey, Huron, Perth region have increased overtime since the pandemic and can be found at: www.connect2JOBS.ca. This is updated regularly so visit often and create your account to track the job opportunities. Our current number of job postings exceeds 2,800.

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Note: Statistics Canada’s monthly Labour Force Survey provides estimates of employment and unemployment, based on a sampling of households in communities. Stratford-Bruce Peninsula figures represent a three-month moving average, unadjusted for seasonality.