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Lethbridge-Medicine Hat jobless rate remains around 8.7% mark in October

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Despite gains mostly in full-time positions, not much changed in Canada’s overall jobless rate last month.
National unemployment sits at 8.9%, which is little change from September.
Here in Alberta, October employment gains were spread across several industries in October including health care, social assistance, transportation, and warehousing as well as wholesale and retail trade.
The provincial rate dropped slightly (by 1.0%) to 10.7% as economic recovery here in Alberta remains slow.
Locally, the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat region saw unemployment remain around the 8.7% mark last month with this area continuing with the lowest jobless rate in the province, a trend that’s gone on now for the last number of months despite the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alberta Jobless Rate by Region in September 2020

Lethbridge-Medicine Hat: 8.7%
Camrose-Drumheller: 12.6%
Calgary: 11.3%
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House: 10.8%
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River: 10.8%
Red Deer: 11.1%
Edmonton: 11.6%
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake: 9.9%

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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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