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Ontario Employment Trends

The unemployment rate in Ontario was 8% at the end of April 2020, up 1.9% from the previous month to the highest level since the end of 2012.

Full-time jobs were down from the end of the previous month; erasing all the gains seen in the last two years.

There were 230,900 fewer full-time jobs in April 2020 compared to a month earlier. A loss of 134,200 part-time positions led to a decrease of 365,100 total jobs in April.

Full-time job gains occurred mainly in the financial sector. 

These gains were offset by losses occurring mainly in construction, manufacturing, trade services, transportation & warehousing, prof., sci. & tech. services, business & building services, education, healthcare, information & culture services, accommodation & food services, and public administration.

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