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Lethbridge-Medicine Hat jobless rate lowest in Alberta in June at 5.7%

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Another very good sign things around here are getting back to normal, more and more people are back working.

There was a huge drop in the local unemployment rate in June. Stats Canada says the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat area now has the lowest jobless rate in the province at 5.7%.

That’s a drop of nearly 2% from May and the lowest it’s been here in a very long time.

As good as things are looking locally, that wasn’t the case across most of the province however, as Alberta’s overall jobless rate went up slightly to 9.3%.

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Nationally, Canada’s employment picture is looking better with over 61,000 people heading back to work in June. That dropped the country’s jobless rate 7.8%.

Almost all of the jobs gains were in part-time work.

Alberta Jobless Rate by Region in June 2021

Lethbridge-Medicine Hat: 5.7%
Camrose-Drumheller: 6.5%
Calgary: 9.1%
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House: 8.9%
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River: 8.9%
Red Deer: 10.2%
Edmonton: 9.7%
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake: 6.6%

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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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