Month-over-month, August saw 1,100 new full-time jobs added locally, but 100 fewer part-time jobs.
After topping 1 million for a second consecutive week, the jobless claims fell to 881,000 - the lowest numbers since mid-March, according to a Labor Department report Thursday.
"It is a more structural challenge we have and that's a more structural question we have to answer: How we can help these groups, specifically working moms, increase their participation rates?"
On Mornings with Maria Bartiromo, Friday, Moody's Capital Markets Research Chief Economist John Lonski said, "I think it's a good number". Only Toronto is in between the two Alberta cities with a rate of 13.9 per cent.
For the third month in a row since B.C. entered its record-breaking state of emergency, the province's economy is showing signs of recovery, with the unemployment rate falling compared to the month before.
"I would be wrong not to mention that the expiration of the extra $600 unemployment enhancement means a slowdown of the economy as well", she said.
The economy continues to heal but the pace of improvement is slowing.
Employment in Ontario rose by 142,000 in August, almost all in full-time work, while the unemployment rate fell by 0.7 per cent to 10.6 per cent.
"And that is a big if, since we expect that pace of recovery to slow in coming months as the USA grapples with the containment of the spread of the virus in the absence of a widely available vaccine for COVID-19".
The Labor Department conducts one survey to determine how many jobs were added and another to determine the unemployment rate.
Greater Sudbury gained 1,200 jobs in August. And jobs added back in top sectors were also far fewer than in previous reports. Construction added just 16,000 despite strong home building.
The consensus among forecasters was for the jobless rate to fall to 9.8 percent.
Some of those furloughs, however, are becoming permanent. Coca Cola, which derives half its sales from stadiums, theaters and other venues that have been largely shut down, is offering buyouts to 4,000 employees.
More than 20 percent of small businesses are still closed, a figure that has been flat since June, according to Homebase, a provider of time-management software to small companies.
The data, which is current through August 29, revealed 5,125 advance claims for unemployment benefits.
Last month, the number of Americans on temporary layoff fell by 3 million to 6.1 million as more laid-off workers were called back.
Brandon Stephens, president of Christmas Decor, is struggling with the uncertainty. No other county had more than 285 claims. That switch typically enables the franchisees to save 3,000 jobs.