Hamilton’s jobless rate climbs to 6.4%

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

Hamilton’s unemployment rate remains one of the lowest among Ontario’s biggest cities.

Statistics Canada says based on a seasonally adjusted, three month moving average, the local jobless rate jumped from 5.8 per cent in March to 6.4 per cent last month.

Toronto’s unemployment rate is 7.8 per cent while its 8.2 per cent in St. Catharines and Niagara.

Thunder Bay has the lowest unemployment rate among the province’s largest cities at 5.8 per cent, unchanged from March.

Regina remains the hottest job market in Canada with a 3.4 per cent jobless rate, followed by Saskatoon at 4.4 and Quebec City at 4.5 per cent.

Statistics Canada says the national unemployment rate remained unchanged last month at 6.9 per cent, even though the Canadian economy unexpectedly lost 28,900 net jobs in April.

The April job losses follow a gain of 42,900 net new jobs in March.

Stats Can says Quebec, PEI, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador were hit hardest by the job losses.

The agency says the youth unemployment rate remained at 13.4 per cent.

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