Unemployment rate dropped for P.E.I. in December

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P.E.I.’s unemployment rate dropped last month as fewer Islanders looked for work.

The latest figures from Statistics Canada show the unemployment rate dropped to 9.7 per cent in December, which was down from 10.4 per cent the previous month.

There were 1,200 fewer people in the province’s labour force in December compared to November.

The number of people working also dropped with P.E.I. seeing a decline of 600 jobs between November and December.


Most of those declines were in full time jobs.

Nationally, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.1 per cent.

Canada gained 22,800 jobs last month despite a drop in the number of full-time jobs.

The economy shed 6,400 full-time jobs, but gained 29,200 part-time positions.

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: Canada, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia

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  • Just Sayin
    January 09, 2016 - 08:40

    All this means is that 1200 more people started drawing EI. The unemployment rate didn't change, they just switched from being unemployed to being on the dole, but it makes a good headline as we are the only province that didn't experience a drop in unemployment. LOL.

  • Ralph Weiland
    January 08, 2016 - 21:47

    Sadly, Unemployment figures have come to mean "people looking for work" rather than "people unemployed". The lower numbers for December merely reflect the fact that winter holds little hope for finding employment. Is that newsworthy? Reporting these figures is a bit disingenuous.

  • don
    January 08, 2016 - 15:21

    just means that they have stopped looking for work till spring.