The jobless rate in Barrie fell again in May, bucking the national trend

The jobless rate in Barrie has fallen below to national rate to 7.7 per cent

While the national economy lost 68,000 jobs last month, nudging the unemployment rate to 8.2 per cent from 8.1 per cent, the opposite is happening in Barrie.

The jobless rate in the city fell to 7.7 per cent in May from 8.3 per cent in April with the addition of 1,100 jobs, most of them full-time.

Mayor Jeff Lehman says we’re seeing ongoing strength in manufacturing and construction, and anything related to real estate. He’s hoping we can get behind the barbers, gyms, salons, and restaurants, who have suffered so much as we open in the coming weeks, to help them rebound, too.