The London-St. Thomas unemployment rate has risen above 7 per cent for the first time since last October.
Stats Canada says the jobless rate rose to 7.3 per cent in April as 3,300 jobs left the market.
Not only were thousands of jobs lost, the labour force also decreased by 1,300 while an additional 1,900 people claimed unemployment.
The unemployment rate in London hasn’t been this high since September 2015 when it hit 7.3.
Nationally, employment was virtually unchanged in April, keeping the unemployment rate remained at 7.1 per cent.
There were fewer people working in manufacturing; business, building, and other support services; ‘other services'; natural resources; and agriculture. These losses were offset by gains in wholesale and retail trade as well as accommodation and food services.
The number of self-employed workers edged down in April, while there was little change among public and private sector employees.
While employment was essentially unchanged in Ontario, an increase in the number of people searching for work pushed the unemployment rate up 0.2 percentage points to 7 per cent.
Employment in manufacturing fell by 17,000 in April. Since December 2015, it has declined 52,000, and about half of the losses occurred in Alberta. However, compared with April 2015, employment in this industry was little changed.
There were 16,000 fewer people working in business, building, and other support services in April.
Employment in Alberta declined by 21,000 in April. However, the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.2 per cent, as the number of people participating in the labour market also decreased.