By Paul Moore
Workers are relying on employment insurance in Ontario more than anywhere else in the country.
According to Statistics Canada, more than 271,000 Ontario residents applied for EI last September. That’s a 9 per cent jump compared to the previous month and higher than the national average increase of about 7 per cent.
“Since the start of the labour market downturn, Ontario has experienced the fastest rate of employment decline among all provinces,” a Statistics Canada press release said Tuesday.
Ontario’s biggest employment hit was in the manufacturing sector.