Unemployment rate falls for second month in Eastern Ontario

SD&G – For a second month in a row, unemployment has fallen in Cornwall and Eastern Ontario.

Statistics Canada says the regional unemployment rate for an area from Brockville to Ottawa and east to Quebec was 6.4 per cent in May, down from 6.6 per cent in April.

Meanwhile, in Cornwall, the jobless rate also shed two-tenths of a per cent to come in with an unadjusted rate of 10 per cent.

While the city number gives a bit of an indication on how the job market is reacting, industry watchers take little stock in it due to the small sample size.

Canada’s labour force added 58,900 jobs last month, thanks to a surge in private-sector work.

The national unemployment rate was 6.8 per cent in May – staying steady for a fourth straight month.

Ontario’s jobless rate was 6.5 per cent last month, down from 6.8 per cent in April.

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