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Little change as Lethbridge-Medicine Hat jobless rate sits at 11.1% in February

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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.

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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%
Camrose-Drumheller: 9.5%
Calgary: 10.5%
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House: 9.8%
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River: 9.8%
Red Deer: 9.9%
Edmonton: 11.5%
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake: 9.4%

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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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