PARRY SOUND, ON – Many Ontarians have a new job to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Statistics Canada announced this morning that employment in Ontario increased by 41,100 jobs in September bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.3%.
“This is great news not only for the people in these new jobs but for our whole economy,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller. “Since our government took office, employment in Ontario has increased by 272,400 jobs.”
The Ford government is focused on ensuring that Ontario is the best place to invest and do business by cutting red tape. And September’s job numbers demonstrate that focus is paying off. Ontario was one of only two provinces that saw an increase in jobs in September.
“We will continue to ensure that we are creating a stable and competitive business environment where good jobs are created, and employers are given the opportunity to grow and prosper here,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “By supporting our job creators and reducing our regulatory and tax burden, we are laying the foundation for a growing economy that will benefit all Ontario families and businesses.”
Of the 41,100 new jobs created in Ontario in September, 36,200 were full time jobs while 4,900 were part time. As well, most new jobs were in the private sector including many self-employed workers. These brought the Ontario unemployment rate down from 5.6% to 5.3%. Across Canada the unemployment rate is 5.5%.