By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – Ontario has released the March jobless statistics and employment has increased by 2,000, including 1,780 full-time positions. The province-wide unemployment rate dipped to 6.9 per cent, down from the high of 9.6 per cent at the height of the recessionary period.
Across Canada, almost 29,000 jobs were added to the rolls in March, with the national unemployment rate holding steady at 6.8 per cent.
However, in Windsor the rate has surged to double digits, climbing officially to 11.1 per cent, the highest rate by far in Canada. Saint John, NB, is well behind in second place at 9.2 per cent.
The lack of economic recovery in Windsor was dealt a blow with the report of Pax-All closing its doors after less than two years in business. Twenty employees were given their walking papers.
Windsor has led Canada in unemployment for much of the past decade.