LETHBRIDGE: It's the lowest jobless rate this region has seen in almost two years.
September numbers show the Lethbridge Medicine Hat area saw a full percentage
point drop in the unemployment rate to 3.2%, from 4.2% in August. At the same
time last year, the rate was at 4.8%.
According to Economic Development Lethbridge CEO, Cheryl Dick,
"Construction has remained strong in Lethbridge and has served as a catalyst for
job growth. That, in combination with ongoing hail and wind damage repair has
contributed to increased employment in this sector."
She also noted, "At this time of
year, we typically see retail ramp up hiring with the Christmas season right
around the corner."
Between April and July of this year, the local jobless ranged from 5.1 to
6.2%. In May, the region had the highest unemployment rate in the province.
The Alberta unemployment rate is down half a point from 4.8% to 4.3%, while
the national rate is down slightly at 6.9% - the lowest the national rate has
been since 2008.
Statistics Canada numbers show the economy added 12,000 last month and fewer young people looking for
work also helped reduce the rate slightly.