Barrie’s jobless rate hit its lowest point in over a year

September's jobless rate over half of what it was at the beginning of the year

The City of Barrie’s unemployment rate fell to 6.2 per cent from August to September as it continues a downward trajectory that began in January.

At this time last year, the city saw a seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 9.4 per cent, which began creeping upwards into the winter months until it hit a high of 14.2 in January of this year. Since then, the city’s unemployment rate has been creeping downward.

Aside from a slight blip in June, unemployment has been steadily falling all year.

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“1,600 more people in the Barrie CMA (census metropolitan area) found jobs last month, so even though the population also grew, unemployment went down,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “While I think COVID is still distorting numbers, this fits with what we’re hearing about labour shortages; lots of jobs being created or restarted.”

Province-wide, Ontario’s jobless rate fell nearly half a percentage point to 7.6 per cent, while Canada’s rate crept downward a few decimals to 7.1

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