In the Kingston-Pembroke economic region, which the Quinte region is a part of, the unemployment rate in January was 5.6%, down slightly from 5.7% in December. Once each year, the department updates its historical employment record using more complete information.
That maintained Victoria's spot as the lowest in the country ahead of Quebec City at 4.1% and Kelowna at 4.2%.
The region added 400 new residents last month bringing the population to 297,700, an increase of 10,700 people since December 2017.
But further declines in manufacturing employment are likely after the struggling sector lost 12,000 jobs in December.
The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a robust 225,000 jobs in January.
While that would be higher than the 145,000 jobs created in December, payrolls would be below the monthly average of 176,000 jobs in 2019.
Economists are looking for USA payroll gains to start the year with a sturdier reading than the prior month, another sign that the labor market is holding up even if hiring trends aren't as strong.
Stats Can says it rose to 7.7 per cent in January - up from 6 per cent in January 2019. Data for November and December was revised to show 7,000 more jobs created than previously reported.
London's labour participation rate, which has always been one of the lowest in Canada, also saw a slight increase from 61.1 to 61.5 per cent.
Average hourly wage growth is one of several measures watched by the Bank of Canada, which aims to keep inflation in check.
The monthly job figure is notoriously volatile, and many economists advise to look past the monthly noise and focus on the overall trend.
The number of long-term unemployed, those jobless for 27 weeks or more, was unchanged in January at 1.2 million.
"(It's a) pretty solid number seeming to indicate that the Canadian economy isn't losing too much steam, so a positive start to the year in that regard", said Josh Nye, a senior economist with RBC Economics. "So the picture remains decidedly mixed", Mendes wrote in a report. Only education, which added about 1,200 jobs, and accommodation and food services, which grew by 400 positions, made gains among the region's other major subsectors.