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Northwest unemployment picture improves

Increased construction in the Northwest is starting to have an effect on the unemployment rate.

Statistics Canada says the jobless rate dropped to 5.5 per cent in February compared to 8.1 per cent in February, 2014.

Labour Force Survey Analyst Jason Gilmore says construction led the way for job creation in the North Coast/Nechako region which stretches from Prince Rupert to just west of Vanderhoof.

The Cariboo region also saw its unemployment rate drop last month, but Gilmore says it’s not exactly good news.

The rate hit an even 5 per cent in February, down from 6.3 per cent the year before, largely due to people leaving the workforce rather than job creation.

The B.C. unemployment rate stood at 6.0 per cent last month while the national rate was at 6.8 per cent.

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