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Prince George unemployment rate rises again in October

September had an unemployment rate of 5.7 per cent
(via Hanna Petersen)

The forestry downturn continues to hit northern B.C. and the interior when it comes to unemployment. 

According to numbers released by Stats Canada yesterday, Prince George saw an increase in its unemployment rate for the second straight month. 

August was 4.9 per cent for the northern capital before jumping to 5.7 per cent last month. 

October has officially come in at 5.9 per cent. 

The provincial unemployment rate was little changed at 4.7 per cent, which is the lowest in Canada. 

Canada also didn't see any change, coming in at the same as September at 5.5 per cent with most provinces seeing little change in October.

B.C. saw employment rise by 15,000 jobs in October, which was driven by increases in full-time work for those 55 and older. From October 2018 to 2019, there was an addition of 50,000 jobs (two pere cent) with most of the gains coming from full-time work. 

Manufacturing jobs across the country dropped by 23,000 last month (mostly in Ontario), while construction also dropped by 21,000 jobs with five provinces all seeing a decrease. 

Public administration jobs saw a gain of 20,000 last month. Rises in B.C., Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island were partly offest by declines recorded in Alberta. 

Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing also saw a positive number, gaining 18,000 in October. It's the second increase in three months according to Stats Canada. 


Jess Fedigan

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