Employment in Canada rose less than expected in August. Thomas, Strathroy, and other surrounding communities.
Employment grew in B.C. last month in agriculture and manufacturing, while jobs were lost in the wholesale and retail, and professional, scientific, and technical services sectors.
As it continues to bounce back from the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Canada keeps on seeing developments in its employment.
According to Statistics Canada, employment rose by 1.4% in August compared to 2.4% in July.
Combined to job gains since May, employment levels are within the 1.1 million jobs before the pandemic hit.
In total, the London census metropolitan area, which also takes in Strathroy, St. Thomas and portions of Middlesex and Elgin County, added 6,900 new positions in August, helping boost the total number of people employed to 250,800.
Some sectors saw gains since March and July, though.
August also brought an increase in employment of recent immigrants - those who've been in Canada five years or less - although the agency cited a drop in immigration due to the pandemic, which has shrunk Canada's labour force.
Nationally, the economy added 246,000 jobs in August as the pace of job gains slowed compared with July, when 419,000 jobs were added.
"While employment in Alberta was little changed, the unemployment rate declined by a full percentage point to 11.8% as fewer people looked for work", stated the report.
High-tech, health services and business services each employ 10 per cent to 12 per cent more workers than they did in February.
"The labor market recovery continued in August, but the going is getting tougher", CIBC analyst Andrew Grantham said, noting that the latest figures were in line with forecasts.