Ontario Newsroom

Ontario Adds 43,500 Jobs in November

Archived News Release

Ontario Adds 43,500 Jobs in November

Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Since 2000

Employment in Ontario increased by 43,500 jobs in November -- the fifth straight month of job gains -- and the unemployment rate decreased to 5.5 per cent, the lowest it has been since 2000.

Since last November, employment in Ontario is up by 180,800 jobs. Ontario's unemployment rate has been below the national average for 32 consecutive months and below six per cent for the past four months -- a first since 2000. Ontario has now created more than 800,000 net new jobs since the depths of the recession.

According to 2017 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, Ontario is forecasting real GDP growth of 2.8 per cent in 2017, which surpasses earlier projections.  Ontario's economy has grown faster than Canada's and those of all other G7 nations for the past three years.

Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario added 25,300 full-time jobs and 18,200 part-time jobs in November.
  • Employment growth has occurred in many economic regions across the province, year-over-year increases include Northwest Ontario (4.9 per cent), Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie (3.9 per cent) and Stratford-Bruce Peninsula (3.8 per cent).
  • The employment increase was led by monthly gains in the wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, and educational services sectors. The unemployment rate was 5.5 per cent.
  • In 2016, Ontario employment increased by 76,400 net new jobs.
  • Ontario’s Business Growth Initiative is a five-year commitment of more than $650 million to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and modernizing regulations for businesses.

Additional Resources


“Since the recession, Ontario’s economy has roared back — and it’s thanks to the talent and hard work of our people and businesses that we continue to gain momentum. Our government will keep doing our part by supporting a dynamic business climate as we make Ontario’s economy more globally competitive and promoting fairness and opportunity for everyone.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development and Growth

Media Contacts



Business and Economy Government Jobs and Employment