Barrie started off 2020 with more good news on the job front.
Continuing a month-over-month decline, the unemployment rate fell two-tenths to five per cent flat. “We’re now below the Ontario and Canada numbers,” said Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman via email, “off to a great start to 2020 as this was mostly on growth in employment.” Barrie’s unemployment rate is among the lowest in Ontario.
Speaking of the provincial level, no movement yet again with Ontario’s unemployment rate. It has sat at 5.4 per cent for the past four months. Federally, much of the same, with the jobless rate remaining at 5.7 per cent for the second month in a row, following several months at 5.6 per cent.
Meanwhile, numbers from Statistics Canada indicate Barrie saw employment growth of 35 per cent from 2003 to 2019. That means Barrie has seen the most growth of any Ontario census metropolitan area, including second-place Toronto at 32 per cent. Thunder Bay was one of the worst off in this tally, saw a decline in job creation of minus 6 per cent.