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Lethbridge-Medicine Hat unemployment rate falls to 9.5% in March

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Some good news finally on the local jobs scene, according to new data released Friday by Stats Canada.

In March, the jobless rate for the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat region fell to 9.5%, the first time it’s been below 10% since last November.

It’s also a nearly 2% drop from February.

Alberta’s overall jobs picture improved as well last month, with the provincial unemployment rate falling slightly to 9.1%. That was largely due to the easing of pandemic health restrictions prior to this week’s announcement by the government.

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From a national perspective, Canada’s jobless rate in March dropped to 7.5% That’s the lowest since February 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across the country.

The were gains in both full-time and part-time work in March from coast-to-coast.

Alberta Jobless Rate by Region March 2021

Lethbridge-Medicine Hat: 9.5%
Camrose-Drumheller: 9.1%
Calgary: 10.4%
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House: 10.0%
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River: 10.0%
Red Deer: 10.2%
Edmonton: 11.3%
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake: 9.1%

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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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