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Ontario adds 16,200 jobs in September

Staff Writer |
Employment in Ontario increased by 16,200 in September - including gains across the province in a number of sectors.

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The September job growth brings the total increase in employment since the recessionary low in June 2009 to more than 600,000 jobs. The majority of net new jobs in Ontario are full time positions in the private sector and in industries that pay above average wages.

Ontario's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in September, and has been lower than the national average for 17 months in a row.

Business activity in the province remains strong. Ontario's manufacturing sales increased 5.4 percent and wholesale trade advanced 6.4 percent over the first seven months of 2016, compared to the same period last year.

Ontario's economy is growing and it is expected to remain one of the fastest-growing in Canada over the next two years. In the first quarter of this year, Ontario's growth was greater than that of the United States and the G7 countries.

Through sound financial management, the government is on track to balance the budget next year, in 2017-18, and remain balanced in 2018-19.

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