Northeast unemployment rate the highest in BC

first_img“Employment in British Columbia was little changed in March; however, on a year-over-year basis, gains totalled 72,000 or 3.2 per cent —still the fastest growth rate among all the provinces,” a news release from Statistics Canada stated.  “In March, the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.5 per cent, though it was up 0.6 percentage points compared with a year earlier, as more people searched for work.”Statistics Canada also reported that employment among men and women aged 25 to 54 went up in March, while there was little reported change among the other demographic groups. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Numbers from Statistics Canada show the unemployment rate in the Northeastern region have become the highest in the province.The rate, which was 9.2 per cent for February, jumped 0.5 per cent to 9.7 in March. Last month, the Thompson-Okanagan region was leading the province with 9.3 per cent, holding just a 0.1 per cent lead over this area.Employment increased by 41,000 in March, lowering the unemployment rate by 0.2 percentage points to 7.1 per cent nationally.- Advertisement -There were more jobs reported in health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services, professional, scientific and technical services, as well as other services.The number of employees in private sector jobs increased last month, while there was little change in the number of public sector employees and self-employed workers.Across the country, it was reported that more people were employed in Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan — but employment declined in Prince Edward Island and changed not too noticeably in the other provinces.Advertisementlast_img read more