A Spike In Windsor's Unemployment Rate

A jump in Windsor's unemployment rate.

It increased to 6.6% in August up from 6% in July.

The Canadian economy lost 51,600 net jobs last month in a decrease that drove up the unemployment rate and essentially wiped out the big gain in July.

Statistics Canada's labour force survey says the jobless rate hit 6% in August, up from 5.8% in July.

Economists had expected an increase of 5,000 jobs for the month and the unemployment rate to be 5.9%, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.

The employment drop last month was fuelled by a loss of 92,000 part-time positions _ but on the positive side the number of full-time jobs rose by 40,400.

The August decline followed a comparable net increase of 54,100 positions in July.

Ontario experienced the biggest decrease of the provinces by far with a loss of 80,100 jobs _ almost all of which were part-time positions. That pushed the provincial jobless rate to 5.7% from 5.4% in July.