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Fedeli says province still leading country in job growth as unemployment rate hits 7 per cent in June

“Whereas we've seen the statistics differ across the country, we know that Ontario leads the nation in job creation,” he said answering a question from QP Briefing during an unrelated announcement.

Published Jul 8, 2024 at 9:02pm

Barbara Patrocinio
Barbara Patrocinio
Fedeli says province still leading country in job growth as unemployment rate hits 7 per cent in June
Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli delivers remarks during a press conference in the facilities of vaccine producer Sanofi, in Toronto on Thursday, May 30, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey

Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli says Ontario continues to lead the country in job creation despite the latest labour force survey showing the province's unemployment rate climbed to seven per cent in June.

StatsCan said the 0.3-percentage-point increase in the unemployment rate was attributable to more Ontarians searching for work, with the number of jobs added in the province in June falling to keep pace with population growth.

While Ontario added a few thousand jobs in June (0.1 percentage point increase from May), the province's population increased by the tens of thousands (0.3 point hike). Over the past year, Ontario's labour force — those working and looking for work — increased by 2.8 per cent, while employment has only nudged up by 1.4 per cent.

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