For the first time in four months the London-St. Thomas fell last month.
The jobless rate fell to 7% in September due to the creation of 500 jobs while the labour force fell by 200.
London’s jobless rate hasn’t been this low since May, when it was also at 7%.
The London-St. Thomas jobless rate has been on the rise for most of 2016. It starts at 5.8% in January and rose steadily from there.
London’s unemployment rate is on par with the national jobless rate which held steady in September at 7%.
According to Stats Canada, employment rose by 67,000 in September, with most of the increase in part-time work. Despite the increase in jobs, the unemployment rate was unchanged as more people participated in the labour market.
Provincially, employment rose in Quebec, Alberta and New Brunswick. There was little change in the other provinces.
Ontario saw a slight decline, slipping to 6.6% from 6.7% the month before. However, on a year-over-year basis, employment in the province increased by 82,000 and the unemployment rate declined 0.3 percentage points.
Self-employment increased in September, while there was little change in the number of private and public sector employees.