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Local unemployment falls to 8.6% in August, only Alberta region under 10%

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Improving employment conditions across the country as more and more people continue to head back to work amid this ongoing pandemic.

Stats Canada releasing jobs numbers for August Friday morning (Sept. 4). The national unemployment rate fell to 10.2% last month with all of the employment gains across the country in full-time work.

The economy added over 245,000 jobs in August. The agency says that, combined with job gains of over a million in May and June, the economy is within 1.1 million of its pre-COVID February level.

Similar numbers locally as well. The Lethbridge -Medicine Hat jobless rate came in at 8.6% in August, a drop from 9.5% in July.

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In fact, this region is the only one in the province right now with unemployment below 10%

From an overall provincial standpoint though not much change with the Alberta jobless rate, dropping slightly to 11.8%.

Alberta Jobless Rate by Region August 2020

Lethbridge-Medicine Hat: 8.6%
Camrose-Drumheller: 13.4%
Calgary: 14.2%
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House: 12.1%
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River: 12.1%
Red Deer: 12.9%
Edmonton: 14.1%
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake: 11.8%

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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