(Trois-Rivieres) The unemployment rate jumped by 0.9 percentage points in May in the metropolitan area of Trois-Rivieres census to 7.4 percent. It is even 1.6 percent more than the same period in 2015. Meanwhile, there is a decrease of 0.5 points in Mauricie, to stand at 7.6 percent.
Nationally, the unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage point to 6.9 percent in May, the lowest rate since July 2015, Statistics Canada said Friday.
The federal agency said that employment was little changed in May (+14 000 or 0.1 percent). As people looking for work were fewer, the unemployment rate slipped.
The full-time employment rose by 61,000 in May. This increase was largely offset by a decline of 47,000 in part-time employment.
In the 12 months ended in May, employment rose by 109,000 (+0.6 percent), due to the growth in full-time work. During the same period, the number of hours worked increased by 0.8 percent.
In May, employment rose among both men and women 55 and older, while it declined among young people 15 to 24 years. Other demographic groups experienced little variation.
Provincially, employment increased in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, but decreased in Alberta and Nova Scotia. In Quebec, employment rose by 22,000 in May, representing the first increase since July 2015. The unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage point to 7.1 percent. Compared with May 2015, the province has seen little change in employment.