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After one month of decline, local jobless rate increases in July

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After enjoying one month of decline, the local jobless rate has increased slightly.

Statistics Canada says the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat unemployment rate rose to 6.4% in July up from 6.2% in June.

That’s after dropping from 6.5% in May – the first month-to-month drop in local unemployment in well over half a year.

At this time last year, the local jobless rate was 4.7%.

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The Banff, Rocky Mountain House, and Grande Prairies areas still sit with the lowest unemployment rate in the province at 5.2% while Edmonton remains highest at 7.7%.

Nationally, Canada lost 24,000 jobs last month – moving the unemployment rate from 5.5% in June to 5.7% in July.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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