Jobless rate dips in February
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More Brantford-Brant residents found jobs in February, pushing the local unemployment rate down to its lowest level in seven months.
February’s local unemployment rate fell to 7.7 per cent, down from 7.8 per cent in January, after about 800 people found work, according to figures released by Statistics Canada and Brant Jobs on Friday.
The 7.7 per cent figure is the lowest Brantford-Brant jobless rate since last July.
“The good news is our unemployment rate came down,” said Jill Halyk, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie. “More people were working and more people were looking for work. We all hope the positive trend continues.”
The number of Brantford-Brant residents employed in February – 68,300 – is the highest number in five months, according to Statistics Canada.
Nationally, Canada saw a gain of 51,000 jobs in February. The national jobless rate remained unchanged at 7 per cent.
Ontario saw a gain of 35,000 full and part-time jobs. The provincial jobless rate remained steady at 7.8 per cent in February.
Statistic Canada’s monthly Labour Force Survey provides estimates of employment and unemployment based on a sampling of households in communities.