Barrie’s jobless rate took another big leap despite the appearance of there being more jobs than people in the city. For the second month in a row, the unemployment rate in the city went up by nearly 2 percentage points up to 8.8. Same thing happened from January to February, and like then and now, no other municipality of Barrie’s size or greater saw any major fluctuations in the job market. In fact, Barrie’s jobless rate gone from the lowest in the country in December to the highest. Mayor Jeff Lehman is questioning Statistics Canada’s math.
The federal jobless rate of 5.8 and the provincial one of 5.5 didn’t change month over month.