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Ontario job losses highest in country

By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Tory MPP Monte McNaughton at Queen's Park, Friday, Jan. 8, 2013. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/Toronto Sun)

Tory MPP Monte McNaughton at Queen's Park, Friday, Jan. 8, 2013. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/Toronto Sun)

TORONTO - 

Ontario lost more jobs last month than any other province in the country.

Tory MPP Monte McNaughton said premier-designate Kathleen Wynne, who will be sworn in with her new cabinet Monday, needs to take dramatic action to stem the bleeding.

“This is the greatest number of job losses in one month since the recession,” McNaughton said Friday.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the Statistics Canada employment figures for January are a clear signal that the legislature needs to get back to work after months of Liberal leadership campaigning.

“It’s disappointing that yet again we see job numbers that are poor and a government that spent the last couple of months instead of focusing and concentrating on the economy and jobs … focusing on the well-being of their own political party,” Horwath said.

Stats Canada reported that the province lost 43,000 full-time jobs in January, offset by an increase of 11,600 part-time jobs, putting Ontario down 31,200 jobs overall.

Only British Columbia’s numbers came close to Ontario’s employment carnage, with the western province shedding 15,900 jobs.

Even factoring in January’s poor results, Ontario has added 81,100 jobs over the past year.

Unemployment Rates in January 2013:

Canada: 7%

Ontario: 7.7%

Toronto: 7.8%

Ottawa: 5.8%

Kingston-Pembroke: 7%

Muskoka-Kawarthas: 8.1%

Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie: 6.1%

Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula: 6.5%

London: 7.1%

Windsor-Sarnia: 9.1%

Stratford-Bruce Peninsula: 4.8%

Northeast Ontario: 8.8%

Northwest Ontario: 5.4%

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