Slight increase to 5.5 % in the unemployment rate

Légère hausse à 5,5 % du taux de chômage

Three-Rivers — In April, the unemployment rate has experienced a slight increase of 0.1 point compared with march in Trois-Rivières, which is located at 5.5 percent. It is still an improvement of one point compared to the same period last year.

In the Mauricie region, we have witnessed a monthly decrease of 0.1 point, with a result of 5.7 per cent. Again, it is a drop in the regional unemployment rate by 0.7 points in a year. Both in the urban), that the region, there was a slight increase of the activity rate and employment.

The country, employment was little changed in April, and the unemployment rate remained at 5.8 percent, announced Friday by Statistics Canada. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment has increased by 278 000 (+1,5%). This growth is attributable to an increase in full-time work (+378 000, or +2.6 per cent), while part-time work has decreased (-100 000 or -2,8%), said the federal agency. During the 12-month period that ended in April, the number of hours worked increased 1.9%.

In Quebec, the employment in which the unemployment rate changed little in April. Compared with 12 months earlier, the number of people in employment increased by 73 000 in the province, especially under the effect of increases in the second and fourth quarters of 2017. During the same period, the unemployment rate declined 1 percentage point to 5.4 percent.

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