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Lethbridge-Medicine Hat unemployment rate up to 11.4% to start off 2021

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – More people were looking for work to start of the New Year off across this region.

Unemployment for the region (Lethbridge-Medicine Hat) sits at 11.4%, according to data provided to us by Economic Development Lethbridge and later updated by Statistics Canada.

Locally, that’s an increase of almost a full percent from December 2020. The numbers here suggest around 1,800 job losses across the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat region last month.

However, when you take Medicine Hat out from the equation, the jobless rate in just the Lethbridge Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) drops considerably.

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That puts the Lethbridge CMA rate at 7.7%. The CMA includes only the City of Lethbridge, Lethbridge County, Coaldale, Barons, Nobleford, Coalhurst, & Picture Butte.

Across the country, Canada’s jobless rate increased last month to 9.4%, the highest it’s been since last August.

Here in Alberta, things were a bit better on the jobs front for the first time in four months with all the job gains in January in part-time work, mainly in the construction sector.

This province’s jobless rate though still sits at around 10.7% despite the tiny improvement.

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Alberta Jobless Rate by Region in January 2021

Lethbridge-Medicine Hat: 11.4%
Camrose-Drumheller: 10.0%
Calgary: 10.3%
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House: 9.9%
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River: 9.9%
Red Deer: 9.1%
Edmonton: 11.5%
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake: 9.3%

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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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