LETHBRIDGE: If the unemployment rate was an amusement ride it might be considered a roller-coaster ride.
There was an improved picture for the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat jobless rate in
August. The rate dropped to 4.2% from 5.1% in July.
That 4.2% is considerably better than the 6% recorded in June or the 6.2% mark this area hit in May of this year. However, at the beginning of the year, the local region had a jobless rate that was at an even 4%.
The provincial unemployment rate is up slightly to 4.8% from 4.5%. The provincial rate was sitting at 4.5% in January of this year but peaked at 5% in June.
The National rate slipped a tenth of point from 7.2 to 7.1, as 59-thousand
positions were created nationally. However, the growth was mainly for part-time
work. Stats show employment increased in Ontario and Alberta but, it fell in
Manitoba and there was very little chance in the rest of the provinces.