Ontario Economic Update

As of March 17, 2017

Economy
  Monthly:
2016 Nov
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2016 Dec
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Year
to Date*
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2015
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2016
Real Gross Domestic Product ($2007 millions) - - - - 679,663 684,109 NA 680,746 665,034 NA
Per cent change - - - - 0.2 0.7 NA 2.8 2.5 NA
Current Dollar Gross Domestic Product ($ millions)  - - - - 792,284 800,217 NA 793,977 763,276 NA
Per cent change - - - - 0.4 1 NA 4.8 4.9 NA
Employment
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2016 Nov
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2015
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2016
Employment (000's) 7,040 7,046 7,075 7,080 6,996 6,985 7,038 6,977 6,923 7,000
Net New Jobs (000's)  11.9 6.4 28.8 4.6 15.8 -10.8 53.3 105.8 45.3 76.4
Per cent change 0.2 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.2 -0.2 0.8 1.5 0.7 1.1
Unemployment Rate (per cent)  6.2 6.4 6.4 6.2 6.6 6.6 6.3 6.4 6.8 6.5
Average Weekly Wage Rate ($), nsa  954.99 958.17 952.15 956.78 958.39 960.1 956.3 954.47 938.09 958.5
Per cent change 0.6 0.4 -0.2 -0.3 2.7 1.2 0.7 -0.2 3.4 2.2
Employment Insurance Beneficiaries (regular) 137,580 136,820 NA NA 138,877 136,793 138,117 139,644 148,438 139,644
Per cent change -1.7 -0.6 NA NA -3.6 -1.5 1 -5.9 -1.6 -5.9
Consumers
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2016
Retail Sales ($ millions) 16,416 16,269 NA NA 47,793 48,179 49,040 192,813 184,143 192,813
Per cent change 0.4 -0.9 NA NA -0.2 0.8 1.8 4.7 4.2 4.7
New Motor Vehicle Sales (units), nsa 67,935 53,104 46,261 NA 249,784 218,084 188,188 46,261 778,716 821,762
Per cent change 11.7 -6.8 3.7 NA 6 2.4 2.1 3.7 6.3 5.5
Consumer Price Index (CPI), nsa 130.2 130 130.8 NA 130 130.1 130.3 130.8 127.4 129.7
Per cent change 1.8 2 2.3 NA 1.9 1.6 2 2.3 1.2 1.8
Housing
  Monthly:
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2015
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Housing Starts (000's)  59.5 81.1 101.1 86.5 74.3 74 75 11.4 70.2 75
Per cent change -29.9 36.2 24.7 -14.4 -3.3 -0.4 1.4 34.2 18.6 6.8
MLS Home Resales (units)  20,463 20,709 20,641 22,177 60,075 61,123 62,076 28,230 221,200 242,697
Per cent change -2.1 1.2 -0.3 7.4 2.3 1.7 1.6 9.7 9.5 9.7
Business
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2015
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2016
Manufacturing Sales ($ millions)  25,134 25,683 25,942 NA 74,267 74,934 75,811 24,202 289,325 300,907
Per cent change 0.6 2.2 1 NA -2.3 0.9 1.2 2.5 1.7 4
International Merchandise Exports ($ millions), nsa  17,910 16,213 16,195 NA 50,275 49,820 52,060 16,195 197,030 205,344
Per cent change 3.4 -9.8 -8.2 NA 4.8 -0.6 -1.9 -8.2 10.7 4.2
International Merchandise Imports ($ millions), nsa 28,363 26,142 25,955 NA 84,980 82,997 83,309 25,955 325,393 333,530
Per cent change 2.2 -3.5 0.6 NA 3 0.6 -0.3 0.6 10.1 2.5
Wholesale Trade ($ millions)  28,811 28,745 NA NA 85,859 87,128 86,846 345,274 326,783 345,274
Per cent change -1.6 -0.2 NA NA 0.3 1.5 -0.3 5.7 6.5 5.7
Non-residential Building Permits ($ millions)  1,090 995 930 NA 2,684 3,193 3,003 681 11,950 11,924
Per cent change 18.8 -8.8 -6.5 NA -11.8 18.9 -5.9 -6.4 1.8 -0.2
Private and Public Investment ($ millions) - - - - - - - - 68,473 67,952
Per cent change - - - - - - - - 7.8 -0.8

* Notes: All data are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified with "nsa".
Per cent change for seasonally unadjusted (nsa) data is calculated on a year-to-year basis.
Year-to-date averages are generally calculated using unadjusted monthly data. Year-to-date per cent change is calculated on a year-to-year basis.
International merchandise trade is reported on a customs basis.
GDP levels are expressed at annual rates. Monthly and quarterly housing starts are expressed at seasonally adjusted annual rates.
Year-to-date housing starts are based on actual unadjusted urban-area data.
Sources: Statistics Canada, Ontario Ministry of Finance, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Canadian Real Estate Association.

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