Unemployment drops across province – except in Lethbridge/Medicine Hat

By Geoff Smith (@GeoffSmithLNN on Twitter)
December 1, 2017 - 8:39am

LETHBRIDGE – The Lethbridge-Medicine Hat region no longer has the lowest unemployment rate in Alberta.

Numbers released by the Government of Alberta Friday, Dec. 1 indicate a slight increase in the region’s unadjusted three-month moving average unemployed rate in November, from 5.3 to 5.4 per cent. Every other region saw its unemployment rate drop from October.

The Red Deer area now has the province’s lowest rate, dropping from 5.3 to an even five per cent. The Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House and Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River district was next at 5.6 per cent. Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake was 6.4 per cent, the Camrose-Drumheller and Edmonton regions were seven per cent, and Calgary had the highest rate at 7.4 per cent, significantly lower than its November 2016 rate of 9.9 per cent.

The provincial seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.3 per cent, down from 7.9 per cent in October and nine per cent in November 2016. While 5,400 more people were working, the size of the labour force shrank by 7,600.

All goods-producing sectors had fewer people working in November, with the exception of manufacturing. On the services side, education and public administration saw increases as well as the trade sector.

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