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Unemployment rate falters after worst wildfire season in BC history

Unemployment rate falters after worst wildfire season in BC history

Stats Canada has released unemployment figures for September and both Nechako North Coast andCaribooo seems to be in the same boat.

For Nechako North Coast the unemployment rate went from 7.8 per cent last September to 5.8 per cent this past September.

Andrew field is an analysis with StatsCan in Ottawa and he says more people are working and fewer are looking. Field says there were increases in the natural resource sector as well as in construction and manufacturing.

That appears to be the same scenario for Cariboo where more people found jobs while fewer people are in the hunt for work. In the Cariboo job declines were mainly in the natural resource sector.

The unemployment rate for Cariboo went from 7.4 per cent last September to 6.2 per cent this past September.

Field says these figures may be inaccurate to so degree for the Cariboo. StatsCan uses a random survey system to come up with their numbers and with the large number of evacuees due to wildfires, fewer people wer available to survey.

As well, the impact on employment the Cariboo due to the wildfires may more likely be relected in unemployment stats for this month. A large number of employers were shut down because of the fires and resulting evacuations.

B.C. and Manitoba hold the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 4.9 per cent while newfoundland and labrador have the highest rate of unemployment at 15.1 per cent.

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