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Local unemployment jumps in November; little change in provincial rate at 11.1%

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The employment picture across the province, unfortunately isn’t getting any better.

Stats Canada releasing the jobs numbers for November Friday morning (Dec. 4). It shows Alberta’s unemployment rate changed very little, coming in at 11.1% last month.

That worked out to a very slight increase of 0.4%.

Unemployment in this region worsened in November. The Lethbridge-Medicine Hat rate rose to 9.6% which is an increase from 8.6% in October.Â

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In fact, this is the highest the local jobless rate has been since June and July when the rate was around 9.5% mark. The lowest unemployment rate in Alberta in November was in the Fort McMurray area at 8.8%.

From a national perspective, overall unemployment in Canada fell to 8.5% in November. Most of the job gains across the country last month were in full-time positions.

Alberta Jobless Rate by Region in November 2020

Lethbridge-Medicine Hat: 9.6%
Camrose-Drumheller: 11.4%
Calgary: 10.4%
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House: 10.3%
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River: 10.3%
Red Deer: 10.4%
Edmonton: 10.6%
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake: 8.8 %

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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 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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