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Ontario adds 10,500 jobs in August, expects even more

Staff Writer |
Employment in Ontario increased by 10,500 in August - including gains in a number of sectors such as finance and construction.

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Ontario's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in August, and has been lower than the national average for 16 months in a row.

This month's job growth brings the total increase in employment since the recessionary low in June 2009 to 599,500.

Ontario is expected to continue creating jobs, and by the end of 2019, more than 900,000 are projected to have been created over a 10-year period.

Business activity in the province remains strong. Ontario's manufacturing sales increased 7 percent and wholesale trade advanced 7.5 percent over the first six months of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015

Ontario's international merchandise exports also increased on a year-to-date basis, rising 7.5 percent during the first seven months of 2016.

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