After falling for the first time in three months, the London-St. Thomas jobless rate is back on the rise.
According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate rose to 7.3% in June, that’s up from 7% in May.
Nationally, the labour market was pretty much at a stand still.
Gains in service jobs were offset by declines in factory work.
The country lost 700 jobs last month, but the change is so small that it’s statistically insignificant.
Canada’s jobless rate fell to 6.8% in June from 6.9% the previous month, despite the loss of about 700 jobs across the country last year.
The provincial unemployment rate fell to 6.4% last month from 6.6% in May mainly due to a drop in the labour force.
Figures from Statistics Canada suggest there were 45,500 jobs added in the service sector but the goods-producing industries shed 46,200 positions.