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2014-08-08 at 11:59

City’s jobless rate lowest in Ontario

By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- This area boasts the lowest unemployment rate of all major Ontario urban areas.

This news comes after Statistics Canada released new employment numbers for July. The new report shows that this area featured a five per cent unemployment rate for the month of June.

That’s down from June’s 5.2 per cent, and is well below the provincial average of 7.4 per cent.

Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate in July sat at seven per cent, with only Regina and Saskatoon showing lower rates than Thunder Bay.

(CKPR Radio)

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RelaxinginMurillo says:
@ Jack Frost and ranma
Look up "Participation Rate".. thats the stat you are looking for. It's on the StatsCan site, but seldom posted in the media.
8/11/2014 7:26:04 AM
Smartguy83 says:
Nvjgu what would MNP say? These firms know less than stats can. They have zero resources to factually contest.
8/10/2014 10:53:43 AM
nvjgu says:
Everybody know's it's 13% plus. Phone BDO or Grant Thorton. 5%, BS. Lower the number is less EI you get.
8/9/2014 11:34:26 AM
chbaker says:

I think the news is twisting truth and selling tales again.

There's no jobs in town. Maybe some low end McCallcentre jobs that treat you like garbage and don't pay the bills.

If you want to work for a living, this town isn't for you, cause NOTHING is happening.
8/8/2014 11:29:30 PM
musicferret says:
The reason for this seemingly low number has little to do with actual jobs in our community. It has everything to do with people quickly leaving thunder bay when the can't find work.

Found out i have 2 more friends leaving this week after searching in vain for anything better than a dead-end minimum wage for over 2 years, even with excellent education.
8/8/2014 8:43:21 PM
Centrist says:
Please explain what you deem to be excellent education... what are the degrees and what levels?
8/9/2014 9:50:18 AM
musicferret says:
Computer science for one, the other science undergrad PLUS college lab technologist course. They said there were so few actual jobs they could even apply for here, in any field, and when they did there were over 100+ applicants per position, it was impossible to break through.

So, off they go. One to toronto area, the other to Winnipeg. They are 2 of 5 good friends of mine who have left in the last 2 years for the same reason. No real jobs.
8/9/2014 1:08:49 PM
bttnk says:
Do they have any real work experience? There aren't a plethora of entry level jobs in those specific areas, so many have to make the decision to go to a large city to get employment just like people have had to do for centuries.
8/12/2014 3:35:25 PM
ranma says:
We can not take this as 100% positive. Stats Can still does not include numbers for 1)people who have given up looking for work and 2)people whose benefits have expired. As these people are NOT included in the calculation, it is not the full picture.
8/8/2014 5:40:46 PM
Eastender says:
But what percentage of ThunderBay are the working poor, those on minimum wage?
8/8/2014 5:26:40 PM
Jack Frost says:
?I for one would really like to learn how Statistics Canada and others keep coming up with these never-ending "sunshine" numbers and "fairy tail" conclusions...

This "skip-in-the-record" news is completely inaccurate for a number of genuine "real-true-life" reasons...

For starters, countless numbers of people whom have exhausted their unemployment (EI) benefits while other people are just not in the system enjoying the "free-ride" to nowhere due to illness, injury or incarceration and then there are others that are just plain fed up and have just given-up altogether with the very broken system entirely and let's not forget the growing number smarter people that are moving far away and not returning, etc., etc...

So much for Statistics Canada and their statistics...
8/8/2014 4:08:14 PM
Shane Caker says:
And this only happens here? I suppose you'd be happier if we we closer to the bottom of the list.
8/8/2014 11:35:34 PM
tbay87 says:
It's all very public on StatsCan website. Being on EI has nothing to do with the numbers, but people who have "given up" or just aren't interested in pursuing employment aren't included (which kind of makes sense since unemployment rate is supposed to represent if people looking for work can find work).

The unemployment rate is an overly simplified and somewhat misleading statistic, but Statistics Canada makes no secret of what it is.
8/10/2014 4:01:54 PM
bacon says:
The way the unemployment stat is calculated is they leave out all the individuals that are unemployed but not looking for work. This could cause the unemployment rate to look high even in economic hardship. Or low when the economy booms and everyone is looking for a job.
8/11/2014 10:22:14 PM
tiredofit says:
And how prey tell do they determine that? Do they phone everyone and ask?
8/12/2014 1:24:14 PM
ring of fire dude says:
We darn well better have the lowest unemployment rate . After all half the workers are either Government employees or social workers .
8/8/2014 3:51:58 PM
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turdfurguson says:
Lots of people with money in their pockets for the endless line of robbers to wave needles at.
8/8/2014 3:34:17 PM
anarnosti says:
Are the striking workers earning only a third to a quarter of their normal pay taken into account for these numbers?
8/8/2014 1:22:24 PM
tbay87 says:
No, since: (a) unemployment rate has nothing to do with quality of employment or pay; and (b) striking workers are not considered unemployed.
8/10/2014 3:57:40 PM
Tachyion says:
The rate will be at par with the provincial average after bombardier moves to Mexico.
8/8/2014 12:32:05 PM
oscarmyerweiner says:
and your proud of that how?
8/8/2014 4:06:53 PM
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