Eastern Ontario unemployment drops to pre-pandemic level

BROCKVILLE – The jobless rate for Eastern Ontario has dropped to a level not seen since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Statistics Canada says November’s jobless rate for the area from Brockville to Ottawa and east to the Quebec border was 4.6 per cent, down 1.2 per cent from October (5.8 per cent).

A rate that low hasn’t been seen since since February and March 2020 when unemployment was 4 and 5 per cent.

Across Ontario, the unemployment rate dropped six-tenths of a per cent to 6.4 per cent in November as the province added 68,100 more jobs – almost all of them full-time.

Canada added 154,000 positions to the labour force in November as the national unemployment rate fell to 6 per cent, compared to 6.7 per cent in October.