LETHBRIDGE: An area that once had one of the lowest sustained unemployment rates in the
province, now has one of the highest.
For the Lethbridge Medicine Hat region, the jobless rate jumped from 4.8% in
March to 5.5% last month. That's more than half a point higher than it was in
April of 2012. Among other provincial centres, only Red Deer has a higher rate
There is a bright spot. The 5.5% jobless rate is still considered in the
normal range and is well below the national rate. Lethbridge Economic
Development CEO Cheryl Dick notes, "There is no consistent trend over time for
the month of April, although we may have experienced a slight bump due to
students entering the job market".
Dick also draws attention to a recent 'Mid-Sized Cities Outlook', which
expects hiring in the Lethbridge manufacturing sector to grow by 19.4% this
Provincially, the jobless rate dropped from 4.8 to 4.4%.
On the national scene, the unemployment rate remained at 7.2%. Canada's
economy managed to produce more 12,000 new jobs in April, and most of them came
in the form of new employees, as opposed to self-employment. The numbers helped
offset some of the massive job losses in March.