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Barrie Employment Trends

The unemployment rate in Barrie was 11% as of March 2021, down 2% from the previous month. The unemployment rate stood 3.2% below the peak from January 2021 but remains above the long-run average.

There were 1,300 more full-time jobs in March 2021 compared to a month earlier. A gain of 2,000 part-time positions led to an increase of 3,300 total jobs in March.

Full-time employment was still down 10,400 jobs from the peak in February 2020 but stood 1,300 jobs above the recent trough in February 2021.

The number of full-time jobs in March was up from the previous month in utilities, construction, manufacturing, the financial sector, professional & scientific services, education, healthcare, and information & cultural services.

Full-time job losses in March occurred in agriculture, natural resources, trade services, transportation & warehousing, business & building services, accommodation & food services, and public administration.

* All figures are seasonally adjusted, 3-month moving averages. Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal fluctuations.