Column: Sudbury, North not sharing Ontario’s recovery – by Steve Lafleur (Sudbury Star – December 20, 2017)

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Northern Ontario has seen the most unambiguously negative employment situation since 2008

While Ontario’s overall economy has largely recovered from the Great Recession of 2008 after a great deal of pain, it’s been an uneven recovery. The province had 5.9 per cent more total jobs in 2016 (the latest year of comparable data) than it did in 2008.

But that’s a lackluster rate of job growth and much of the province has fared poorly. In fact, 11 of the province’s 23 urban areas actually had less total jobs in 2016 than in 2008.

Three regions in particular have been left behind: Northern Ontario, eastern Ontario and southwestern Ontario — albeit to a lesser extent.

Northern Ontario has seen the most unambiguously negative employment situation since 2008. Each urban area in the region experienced negative net job creation from 2008 to 2016.

This means that in total there are fewer jobs in the region now than in 2008. In fact, each of northern Ontario’s census agglomeration (CA) and census metropolitan areas (CMAs) experienced negative net job growth during this period.

Job losses ranged from 1 per cent in Greater Sudbury to 16.1 per cent in Sault Ste. Marie.

For the rest of this column: http://www.thesudburystar.com/2017/12/20/column-sudbury-north-not-sharing-ontarios-recovery

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