Employment in Ontario Increased by 9,100 in December 2016

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

The increase in employment in Ontario for December was bolstered by gains in construction and professional, scientific and technical services.

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On an annual average basis, the total increase in Ontario's employment in 2016 was 76,400. The majority of these new jobs are full-time positions, in the private sector and in industries that pay above-average wages.

Ontario's unemployment rate was 6.4 per cent in December, and has been lower than the national average for 20 months in a row.

Ontario's economy is expected to remain one of the fastest-growing in Canada over the next two years. According to the recently released Provincial Economic Accounts, Ontario's real GDP increased 2.5 per cent in 2015, outpacing the national average for the second consecutive year.