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%.

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 %