February’s regional unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.6 per cent, with 700 net additional jobs, the Four County Labour Market Planning Board says.
The Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth economic region had the second lowest unemployment rate in Ontario in February.
The provincial unemployment rate was also unchanged over January, at 6.1 per cent, both unadjusted for seasonality.
Behind the 700 net additional jobs was a loss of 500 full-time jobs and a gain of 1,200-part-time jobs, the monthly unemployment update released Friday said.
The number of goods-producing sector employees increased by net 700. The main driving force came from gains in agriculture (+700) and construction (+900), even though manufacturing experienced another month of losses (-1,200).
Employment in the services-producing sector remained unchanged. However, health care and social assistance continued experiencing losses (-2,000). The gains in wholesale and retail trade (+1,600) and other sectors exactly offset the losses, which resulted in zero net gains, the report said.
The report noted current job postings for the region have increased through the pandemic. Current postings are found at www.connect2JOBS.ca. Users can create their account to track job opportunities. Job postings exceed 3,000 and are updated regularly.