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Slight jump in local unemployment in September; very good news nationally

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A small step backwards last month when it comes to the local jobs picture.

The Lethbridge-Medicine Hat region unemployment rate jumped to 5.7% in September, the second straight month there’s been a slight increase.

Despite that however, this region still has, by far, the lowest jobless rate in the province (see numbers by region below).

Meanwhile, some good news across Alberta with another 20,000 jobs being added last month province-wide, that’s positive given the additional COVID-19 measures put back in place. The provincial jobless was at 8.1% in September.

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In Canada as a whole employment regained pre-pandemic levels in September. Most of the job gains coast-to-coast were in full time work, dropping the national unemployment rate to 6.9%.

Alberta Jobless Rate by Region in September 2021

Lethbridge-Medicine Hat: 5.7%
Camrose-Drumheller: 9.2%
Calgary: 9.2%
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House: 7.1%
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River: 7.1%
Red Deer: 9.0%
Edmonton: 8.3%
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake: 6.1%


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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 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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