Hamilton's unemployment rate down slightly in May 2015

Hamilton's jobless rate was 5.1 per cent in May, down 0.1 percentage points from April, according to Statistics Canada.

Hamilton, Burlington, Grimsby gain 4,900 jobs

In this file photo from August 2014, job seekers were interviewed by recruiters at National Steel Car's job fair. Hamilton's unemployment rate went down slightly in May 2015. (Sunnie Huang/CBC)

Hamilton's jobless rate went down 0.1 percentage points to 5.1 per cent in May compared to April, according to Statistics Canada.

The Hamilton census metropolitan area, which includes Hamilton, Burlington and Grimsby, gained 4,900 jobs in May. The participation rate also went up from 62.6 per cent in April to 63.2 per cent in May, suggesting more people were looking for work. 

The agency released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities on Friday, but cautioned the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples.

Province-wide, Ontario's jobless rate went down 0.3 percentage points to 6.5 per cent in May, thanks to the addition of 44,000 jobs, Stats Can said in its labour force survey for May.

Ontario, as well as British Columbia and Nova Scotia, saw employment increases in May, while Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and New Brunswick saw declines.

Country-wide, Canada's economy added 59,000 jobs last month, but the jobless rate stayed the same at 6.9 per cent because more people were looking for work. 

With files from The Canadian Press


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