Stratford News Good news locally for unemployment rate in May SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Friday, Jun. 8th, 2018 Slight increase in unemployment rate in Stratford area in January. Photo supplied by www.planningboard.ca. It’s good news locally when it comes to the unemployment rate. The Four County Labour Market Planning Board says the unemployment rate in the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region fell in May by 1.1 percentage points to 3.3%. They say that employment in the area increased 2,700 due to increases in both full-time and part-time work. According to the agency, employment in the services-producing section rose by 2,300 in the region in May while the goods-producing sector saw an increase by 600. Province wide, the unemployment rate in May rose by 0.1 percentage points to 5.8%.