Hamilton’s unemployment rate went up slightly in August.
Our city’s seasonally adjusted, three month moving average unemployment rate was 6.2 percent last month, up from 6.1 percent in July.
The jobless rate in St. Catharines and Niagara went down a full percentage to 6.8, while Brantford saw a jump from 5.5 percent in July to 6.1 last month.
Hamilton has a lower unemployment than compared to other major cities, including Toronto (6.5%) and London (7.2%).
Guelph has the lowest jobless rate among Ontario’s medium to large cities at just 5 percent.
Nationally, despite the addition of 26,200 jobs last month the country’s unemployment rate rose to 7 percent compared with 6.9 in the previous month.
The increase in the number of jobs in August was due to a gain of 52,200 full-time jobs, offset by a loss of 26,000 part-time positions.
Economists had expected a gain a 15,000 jobs and the unemployment rate to hold steady at 6.9%, according to Thomson Reuters.
The number of jobs rose in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, while it was little changed in most other provinces except New Brunswick, where the number of jobs fell.
(with files from The Canadian Press)