Barrie’s employment rate a silver lining among higher joblessness here and across the country

Provincial, federal jobless rates fell nearly a full percentage point each

The City of Barrie’s jobless rate barely wiggled from August to September, rising two-tenths to a seasonally adjusted 9.4 percent. While that is higher than the average for the city, it still rests below the provincial and federal rates.

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman points out it’s difficult to draw conclusions from Friday’s Statistics Canada, but does point out that Barrie remains the highest in the country for employment. “That’s Rare good news in the midst of COVID,” he said in an email to Barrie 360, “and a testament to the strength of the Barrie economy and the many small and large businesses that have had decisions to make, and have chosen to retain and even grow their workforce.”

Meanwhile, the federal and provincial jobless rates both shed nearly an entire percentage point month-over-month; Canada’s unemployment rate fell from a seasonally adjusted 11.1 to 10 percent flat, while Ontario’s rate fell to 10.5 percent, down from 11.4.