Eastern Ontario unemployment retreats

BROCKVILLE – After four months of steadily riding unemployment, the jobless rate in Eastern Ontario retreated in May.

The rate for the region from Brockville to Ottawa and east to Quebec was 7.0 per cent, compared to 7.3 per cent in April.

Canada’s unemployment rate fell to 6.9 per cent in May, it’s lowest point since 2015, as the economy added 13,800 jobs.

Economists had expected the unemployment rate to be unchanged at 7.1 per cent.

Ontario’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 per cent from 7.0 per cent the month before.