By October 9, 2020 News, News Release 2020
Media Information
Gemma Mendez-Smith, Executive Director

News Release


 Walkerton, ON (October 9, 2020) – In September, the unemployment rate for the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region decreased by 0.8 percentage points to 7.9%. At the same time, the provincial unemployment rate decreased by 1.1 percentage points to 11%. 

Overall net employment in the region increased by 2,400 with both full-time (+1,000) and part-time (+1,400) gains. 

The number of Goods-producing sector employees increased by 1,500, with the greatest increases in Utilities (+700) and Manufacturing (+700). All Goods-producing sectors experienced either an increase or no change compared to last month. 

Employment in the Services-producing sector increased by 800. The greatest gains were in Wholesale and retail trade (+1,900) and Professional, scientific and technical services (+600). These gains were partly off-set by losses in Educational services (-700) and Finance, insurance, and real estate (-500). 

The Planning Board is continuing to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the local labour market. If you live and work in Bruce, Grey, Huron or Perth counties, please take a few minutes to fill out this confidential and anonymous survey concerning your experiences with employment, precarious work, financial demands and physical/mental health challenges resulting from the pandemic: 

The survey will be open until November 30, 2020 and results will be available in December. For more information, please contact 

“Based on these seasonally unadjusted data it appears we are in recovery mode which is good news for the economic region,” said Gemma Mendez-Smith, executive director of the Planning Board. “We will definitely be keeping a keen eye on these numbers to determine the extent of our region’s economy, over the next few months,” she stated. 


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.