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Unemployment rate continues to fall

The number of people out of work in the Oshawa area is continuing the downward trend that started in the latter half of 2016.

According to new data from Statistics Canada, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Oshawa census metropolitan area – which also includes Whitby and Clarington – in January was 5.1 per cent, down from the 5.2 per cent seen the month before.

This marks the fifth straight month of decline in this category, dating back to the 6.8 per cent in August.

Nationally, the unemployment rate came in at 6.8 per cent, down from the 6.9 per cent seen in December 2016.

According to Statistics Canada, the significant increase in employment seen in December held steady in January. Year over year, employment in Canada rose by 276,000, or about 1.5 per cent, with much of that increase seen between August 2016 and January 2017. The majority of those positions, 190,000, were part-time positions.