Stratford News Employment Numbers Slide in Stratford-Bruce Peninsula SHARE ON: Gregory Rosser, contributor, Monday, Feb. 12th, 2018 Photo: Supplied According to a new report, the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region lost 2,300 people from the labour force in January. The Four County Labour Market Planning Board says unemployment rose by point-three percentage points to 4.4 per cent through the first month of 2018. It leaves the region’s unemployment rate still well-below the province’s which also rose slightly to 5.2 per cent. The board says the biggest losses were seen in the full-time sector, mostly in good producing positions. However, healthcare and social assistance jobs grew slightly for yet another consecutive month.