Cape Breton unemployment up slightly from last month


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Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post 

Published on October 8th, 2010

Published on October 8th, 2010

SYDNEY — There was a small increase in Cape Breton’s unemployment rate in September from a month ago.

Topics :

Statistics Canada , Cape Breton , Halifax , Prince Edward Island

According to the latest numbers released Friday by Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate on the island was:

 15 per cent, up 0.3 of a percentage point from August’s  figure. A year ago the rate was 13.5 per cent.

Cape Breton’s total labour force stood at 68,800 — 58,500 employed and 10,300 unemployed. In August the island’s total labour force was 69,400.

The provincial unemployment rate was 9.0, down 0.8 of a percentage point from August.

Of the five regions in the province, Cape Breton has the highest unemployment rate while Halifax has the lowest at 6.7 per cent — an increase of 0.6 of a percentage point.

Regionally the unemployment rate fell in the other three Atlantic provinces.

Prince Edward Island’s unemployment rate stood at 9.9 per cent, in New Brunswick it was 8.9 per cent, while in Newfoundland the rate dropped to 12.4 per cent from 14 per cent in August.

Nationally, the unemployment rate stood at eight per cent, down 0.1 per cent in August.

The monthly employment figures for specific regions, such as Cape Breton, are determined by a three-month moving average of unemployment rates unadjusted for seasonal employment.

National and provincial numbers reflect monthly numbers that are seasonally adjusted.

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