LETHBRIDGE, AB – Not the best news when it comes to the number of people out of work here last month.
Stats Canada releasing its jobs numbers for February on Friday. It indicates the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat region is sitting with an unemployment rate of 11.1%.
That’s very little change from January (11.5%) and is also the second-highest jobless rate in the province right now after Edmonton.
The stats agency says here in Alberta, the provincial jobless rate dipped very little, to 9.9% overall. Most of those job gains were the accommodation and food service sectors after the UCP government eased restrictions a few weeks back.
When it comes to the overall national picture, Canada’s jobless rate dropped to 8.2% in February, its lowest level since March of 2020, just as the pandemic hit.
Alberta Jobless Rate by Region February 2021
Lethbridge-Medicine Hat: 11.1%
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House: 9.8%
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River: 9.8%
Red Deer: 9.9%
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake: 9.4%