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May. 19, 2019 | Sunday
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Niagara's jobless rate remains unchanged
Unemployment rate in Niagara remains at 6.8 per cent. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Niagara's average rate of employment rate didn't rise in February, but it didn't fall either, according to new information from Statistics Canada.

The unemployment rate across the region remains at 6.8 per cent, as per data released Friday in the agency's monthly Labour Force Survey, which provides estimates of employment and unemployment across the country.

The report said Hamilton’s jobless rate fell to 3.6 per cent in February from January's 3.8 per cent, while Toronto and Ottawa sat at 6.2 per cent and 5.2 per cent, respectively.

Nationally, the unemployment rate of 5.8 per cent hasn’t changed since January 2019.

Ontario was the only province which saw a notable gain in employment, with 36,900 new jobs created in February. However the unemployment rate remained unchanged — at 5.7 per cent — due to an increasing population.

The unemployment rate in the province was highest among people aged 15 to 24, at 13.3 per cent for men and 10.3 per cent for women.

Among people aged 25 to 54, 4.9 per cent of women and 4.6 per cent of men were unemployed, while 4.8 per cent of men and 3.5 per cent of women aged 55 and over also remained jobless.

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