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Stats Can reports job increase in the Northwest

More people were working in the North Coast-Nechako region last month.

Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate dipped to 7.7 percent, down 1.7 percentage points from the same period last year.

Labour force survey analyst Andrew Field says that’s an increase of about 3600 jobs in the region which stretches between Prince Rupert and Vanderhoof.

September’s unemployment rate was also at 7.7 percent in the Cariboo Region, but Field says the jobless rate was up 2.3 percent from the same period last year.

Field says there are about 7500 fewer people working in the region compared with September, 2014.

He says the declines occurred in the natural resources sector, education services, and other service categories.

The BC jobless rate stood at 6.3 percent in September.  Nationally, Statistics Canada says the economy added 12,000 jobs in September, but the unemployment rate climbed by one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.1 per cent as more people entered the labour force.

 

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