Windsor’s unemployment rate fell more than one percentage point in November and is no longer the highest in the country, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada.
The local unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent last month, up from 9.2 percent in October and 10.4 percent in September. Windsor had the highest unemployment in the country in those months, a period in which both the national and provincial numbers fell.
Across Canada, unemployment fell between 0.7% and 6% in November. It means that unemployment is within 0.3% of pre-pandemic levels, when unemployment was 5.7% in February 2020. Employment increased for both full-time and part-time work.
The employment rate for women ages 25 to 54 reached an all-time high of 80.7 percent, StatsCan reported. the The highest unemployment rates are now in Saint John, NB (8.5 percent); Peterborough, Ontario. (8.4), Abbotsford-Mission, BC (8.2) and Windsor and Calgary, tied at 8.1.
The number of Canadians in long-term unemployment (27 weeks or more) fell 16.2%, or 62,000 people, the first monthly decline in long-term unemployment the country has recorded since August 2021. The number of Canadians unemployed for 52 weeks or more they fell even more drastically, by 23 percent.
The number of Canadians currently working from home held steady in November for the third month in a row, with about 23 percent of workers ages 15 to 69 still working from home.