Seven words might sum up Niagara’s economic state in February. “Ontario is doing well, Niagara is not…”
Instead of adding retail jobs in the rush up to Dec. 25 like most years, Niagara actually lost 500 retail and wholesale jobs between November and December.
The downward trend [in unemployment numbers] looks good, but looks can be deceptive, said Adam Durrant, project manager for the Niagara Workforce Planning Board.
…while there is good news in Friday’s data, contained in Statistics Canada’s monthly employment report, gains Niagara experienced between September and October were…
“On the surface, it’s all good news,” said Adam Durrant, operations and research manager for the Niagara Workforce Planning Board. But, he added, “the story of the pandemic is what’s going on under the hood.”
Despite a lot of positives – the region’s unemployment rate went down, youth employment went up a bit and women started catching up with men in hiring – “they are only moving us back to gaining that which was lost” this year due to COVID-19.
August’s labour force survey from Statistics Canada reveals scarce job opportunities for young adults, as well as uneven employment gains along gender lines.
Article By: Gord HowardThe St. Catharines StandardRead original at: https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/9973623-study-shows-21-500-niagarans-have-lost-their-jobs-during-covid-crisis/ Thousands more jobs lost. A rising unemployment rate. Statistics Canada’s monthly national labour force…
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