Unemployment rose 19% in Montréal during this period.
Of the five census metropolitan areas that recorded the largest drops in ranking between 2000 and 2006, four were in Ontario's so-called Golden Horseshoe: Oshawa, Hamilton, Toronto and Windsor. The fifth was Regina.
In contrast, four of the five areas with the best improvement in rankings were in British Columbia. The province's labour market has benefited from gains in resource-based industries, construction and transportation, and in increased exports to the Far East, mainly China.
Source of this information was The Daily, Statistics Canada.
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