P.E.I. jobs recovery holding

The number of jobs on P.E.I. grew again in April, even as more people entering the workforce pulled up the unemployment rate.

April strongest month in six-month long recovery

The trend in P.E.I. job numbers has been generally upward since November. (Nicole Williams/CBC)

The number of jobs on P.E.I. grew again in April, even as more people entering the workforce pulled up the unemployment rate.

There were 800 more jobs in April as compared to March. At the same time, however, another 1,000 Islanders entered the workforce, driving up the unemployment rate from 10.1 per cent to 10.3 per cent.

MarchApril
Jobs on P.E.I.
Labour force80,90081,900
Employment72,70073,500
Full-time employment62,00062,300

After losses in 2016, a jobs recovery began in November. April's performance was the strongest in the generally upward trend of the last six months.

Full-time jobs, which fell below 60,000 last June and remained there the rest of the year, have been above 61,000 all through 2017.