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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Lethbridge-Medicine Hat only Alberta region with unemployment under 10% in September

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More and more Canadians went back to work or found jobs in September as the national unemployment rate fell to an even 9%.
Statistics Canada says the national jobless rate declined 1.2% last month with the majority of job gain across the country in full-time work. When it comes to Alberta though, this province is still struggling.
Provincial employment recovery continues to lag compared with many other provinces. Last month, the jobless rate remained virtually the same as in August at 11.7%. Most of the roughly 38,000 jobs gained in Alberta in September were also in full-time positions, according to the national stats agency.
Locally, the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat rate held steady with the jobless rate, sitting at 8.6% in September, unchanged from the month before.
This region remains the only one in the province below 10% unemployment for the second consecutive month.

Alberta Jobless Rate by Region September 2020

Lethbridge-Medicine Hat: 8.6%
Camrose-Drumheller: 12.4%
Calgary: 12.5%
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House: 11.2%
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River: 11.2%
Red Deer: 12.1%
Edmonton: 13.0%
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake: 11.4%

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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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