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

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.

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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