LETHBRIDGE: The Lethbridge-Medicine Hat region saw an uncharacteristic jump in its
jobless rate in March. The rate was up from 4.3% in February to
4.8% last month. That's higher than the rate in March of last year, which
sat at 4.6%. However, it's well below the national average.
The upward trend was seen all across the country with almost every province
showing an increase in their unemployment rates. The only exception was Ontario,
which remained steady at 7.7%. The province with the highest jobless rate is
Newfoundland, at 12.3. The lowest rate was registered in Saskatchewan, which
sits at 3.9%.
Alberta's March jobless rate is at 4.8%, up from 4.5 in February. However,
that is still lower than the 5.2% recorded in March of 2012.
Nationally, the country tallied the biggest job loss since February of 2009,
which lifted the unemployment rate two-tenths of a point to 7.2 per cent.
February's job gains were wiped out by last month's loss of more than 54,000