StatsCan says even more London-area residents stayed on the sidelines of the job market in September.

And for those who are working, about half are stuck in “precarious” jobs with no security and/or benefits, says a new academic study.

The London-St. Thomas unemployment rate rose to 5.5 per cent in September, up from 5.4 per cent in August.

But the number of people in the labour force dropped by 3,000,

Compared to a year ago, the number of people working or looking for work has dropped by 9,300 to 254,600.