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Lethbridge-Medicine unemployment rate jumps to 6.5% in May

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More people were once again looking for work across this region last month.

The latest numbers released from Stats Canada Friday (June 7) show the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat jobless rate jumped slightly in May to 6.5%.  The rate in April was 6.4%.

There has been a steady increase every month in local unemployment since late last year.

The Banff and Jasper regions have the lowest jobless rate in the province at 5.7%. From a provincial perspective, the overall Alberta rate in May held steady at 6.7%.

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Alberta Jobless Rate by Region in April 2019

Lethbridge-Medicine Hat: 6.5%
Camrose-Drumheller: 8.9%
Calgary: 6.8%
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House: 5.7%
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River: 5.7%
Red Deer: 7.5%
Edmonton: 7.0%
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake: 6.0 %

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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