Nothing can be more taxing than a good old job hunt, am I right? Whether you’re in high school, just graduated from university or have been in the workforce for decades, it can be tough.

Right now, the Canadian unemployment rate is at 5.8 percent with a growing economy in a lot of Canadian cities. However, there are a few other cities around the country which can’t exactly say the same.

We’ve done a little digging to find out the 10 worst cities in Canada to find a job right now.

10. Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Unemployment rate: 6.3%
Employment growth: 0.7%

Manitoba added 3,500 full-time jobs in the summer of this year. However, they also lost 7,000 part-time jobs. While the workforce in the province dropped by 5,000 people, it still didn't help the unemployment rate.


9. Peterborough, Ontario

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Unemployment rate: 4.8%
Employment growth: -1.5%

While the unemployment rate in this city is better than Winnipeg, the employment growth is in the negatives. The labour force in this small Ontario city shrunk by 1,600 people over the last year.


8. Saguenay, Québec

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Unemployment rate: 5.6%
Employment growth: 2.4%

According to a study by Desjardins, Québec has had a tough go all around when it comes to unemployment. The province lost 17,400 jobs in January after racking up 55,000 in job gains three months prior.

7. London, Ontario

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Unemployment rate: 6.3%
Employment growth: -0.5%

In London, there are more people looking for jobs than there are jobs available. This year, there was a 2,400 jump in the labour force yet people employed in the region dropped by 1,900.

6. Trois-Rivieres, Québec

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Unemployment rate: 5.4%
Employment growth: -2.9%

This is another city having tough times with Québec’s unemployment rates. An Indeed search in this region of over 80,000 people results in a measly 1,200 postings, most being in the $20,000 salary range.

5. Sudbury, Ontario

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Unemployment rate: 6.8%
Employment growth: -1.2%

In a labour force of 87,000, only 81,000 have jobs in Sudbury. At the end of last year, the city lost 900 jobs within a month. While this might sound awful, it is an improvement from last year when the unemployment rate was at 8.4 percent.

4. Barrie, Ontario

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Unemployment rate: 8.8%
Employment growth: 2.2%

This unemployment rate is the highest in all of Canada as it seemed to have spiked over the last year. Barrie’s mayor, Jeff Lehman, has said he believes the minimum wage hike in Ontario is to blame.

3. Brantford, Ontario

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Unemployment rate: 6.7%
Employment growth: -2.2%

While employment in this region rose over the year, unemployment rates spiked because of a growing labour force. The city hasn't seen rates this high since 2016.

2. St. John’s, Newfoundland

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Unemployment rate: 8.6%
Employment growth: -4.0%

Unemployment seems to be on the rise for all of Newfoundland. In a city of more than 100,000 people, only 1,300 jobs show up on an Indeed search. I wouldn't be looking for a job here anytime soon.

1. Saint John, New Brunswick

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Unemployment rate: 6.0%
Employment growth: -10.4%

Saint John definitely takes the cake for the worst in employment growth at -10.4. While New Brunswick added 2,800 full-time jobs to their economy in 2018, they also lost 1,000 part-time jobs.

So there you have it. If you're in the market for a new job I would stay away from punching these cities into your job search engine...far away.

Source: Regional Labour Market Report Card, Global News, CBC

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