Jobless rate in Niagara takes a jump

Statistics Canada says the economy lost 7,500 jobs in May as a drop in full-time employment was only partially offset by an increase in part-time jobs.

The unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 per cent for the fourth consecutive month.

The overall drop in the number of jobs came as full-time jobs fell by 31,000, offset in part by a gain of 23,600 part-time positions.

In Ontario, the jobless rate is up slightly to 5.7 per cent from May's 5.6 per cent. 

In Niagara the jobless rate jumped from 5.8 per cent last month, to 6.3 per cent.