FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – According to Stats Canada, northeast B.C kicked off 2021 with a jobless rate decrease to 4.1 per cent in January.

In a Labour Force Survey, Fort St. John had an employment rate of 76.2 per cent, which is seasonally unadjusted. This percentage is based on a small sample survey done in the region.

In the northeast, there was 40,100 employed and 1,700 unemployed last month. In December, the unemployment rate was at 4.3 per cent with 40,000 employed and 1,800 unemployed.

For six months the northeast has had the lowest unemployment in B.C. The Cariboo region was the highest rate, with 8.8 per cent.

Provincially, the employment rate rose to 8.0 per cent, with 2,800 workers finding jobs.

The national unemployment rate rose to 9.4 per cent, up 0.6 per cent from December.

Throughout the Northeast, overall employment returned to pre-pandemic levels in the fall, with more than 6,000 jobs added since the spring economic restart.