The unemployment rate rose to 5.9 per cent, in the biggest one-month jump since the 2009 recession.
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Women over 25 years old working full-time were hardest hit, with employment decreasing by 31,500 jobs.
On labour market performance, Ontario ranks 52nd of 60 North American jurisdictions.
For the average private-sector employment rate, every province (except Alberta) performed worse than every American state.
A recent Supreme Court decision in the United States will allow workers in the government sector to decide whether they pay union dues or not.
Some businesses are reducing employee benefits and cutting work hours.
Health-care costs are expected to increase by 57 per cent by 2045.
The Atlantic provinces comprise four of the five lowest ranked Canadian and U.S. jurisdictions.