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Unemployment rate up again

The Oshawa area’s unemployment rate went up for the second month in a row.

According to new numbers from Statistics Canada, the Oshawa census metropolitan area, which also includes Whitby and Clarington, saw a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.0 per cent in March, up from the 5.7 per cent seen the month before. The area’s unemployment rate has been on the rise since January’s 5.1 per cent.

The Oshawa area’s unemployment rate for last month is the same compared to the same time in 2016, when it was also 6.0 per cent.

Nationally, the unemployment rate rose 0.1 per cent to 6.7 per cent. However, according to Statistics Canada, more people are employed than in February, up by 19,000 people, but that the unemployment rate ticked up because of the increase of people searching for work.