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FILE PHOTO: Kori Abrams, left, speaks with Stephane Blanchard and Jean Phyllippe of RDEE IPE at the 11th annual Tourism Job Fair.

Prince Edward Island's jobless rate second highest in country, highest it has been since February 2012

OTTAWA — Prince Edward Island's jobless rate is the second highest in the country, and the highest it has been since February 2012, according to numbers released by Statistics Canada Friday.

The province's unemployment rate was 11 per cent in February, says Statistics Canada's latest labour force survey, compared with 9.5 per cent in January.

Nationally, Canada's unemployment rate also crept up, to 7.3 per cent last month for the first time in three years amid flat overall job growth. Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest jobless rate at 14.1 per cent.

The report says the country lost 2,300 net jobs in February compared to the previous month, though the agency deemed that figure statistically insignificant.

The report found that Saskatchewan and New Brunswick saw two of the largest monthly net declines in jobs, while British Columbia was the only province to register a significant increase in employment.

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Prince Edward Island, Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Saskatchewan New Brunswick British Columbia

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  • George
    March 14, 2016 - 10:54

    Good news- 250 more migrants coming soon. That will help the PEI economy, Wall Mart and the Super Store will sell more toilet paper, and Food Bank will get more clients.

  • Harold
    March 14, 2016 - 10:49

    When politicians at both levels of government are preoccupied with trotting around the world and putting their time and energy into image building on the world stage, something has to give. Obviously getting Canadians back to work is not a priority for either Justin or Wade. But judging from the election results and now the polls, most people are entirely satisfied with their actions.

  • no thanks
    March 14, 2016 - 05:02

    what we need is more imigration !!!

  • Islander
    March 13, 2016 - 16:42

    PEI employement has been on decline for some time. The Government is always bragging about Innovation, Economic Development, etc the truth good paying jobs are few and far between. Look at the efforts in Summerside by Mayor Bill Martin, who ran his campaign on 1000 jobs. The downtown area is a ghost down. Most recent business to be moving is Iron Haven on Water St. Dont forget the greed continues with the Mayor and Council giving themeslves a 22% raise, plus 12% last year, this is sickening to the hard working people of Summerside trying to make ends meet. I do believe Charlottetown is doing much better with development. Good for them. If Summerside cant make things happen soon, I would say expenses will drive them into bankrupt. Lets see how many Councillors go out west this June. City Hall is top heavy with management, to much money going out and no return is not good. The X Mayor Stewart and Murphy CAO really sunk Summerside into over 1 million in debt. This new Mayor campaigned on fixing that with fiscial restraint and prudent spending. Ya right!!!! People sucked into CHANGE

  • enough already
    March 13, 2016 - 16:20

    Take away the phony jobs that last 12 weeks and the jobless rate would be 30% or higher but we still need foreign workers?

  • Robert Arsenault
    March 13, 2016 - 15:51

    The Premier sure talked about good times, yes good times for maritime electric and all his friends, i voted for the wrong bunch

    • don
      March 13, 2016 - 18:53

      thats ok wade went on his free trip and he will supply thousands of jobs for the capital city. and the rest of PEI will do with out. but wade where is all the jobs?? you ghiz was bad but at least there was jobs with you there is NONE......