FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The Northeast B.C. unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 per cent in March, the lowest in the province according to B.C Stats.

A total of 39,300 regional residents were employed and 1,700 unemployed in March. The jobless rate is down from 4.3 per cent in February and has remained the lowest in the province since July 2020.

Unemployment is up from March 2020 at 3.9 per cent, with 39,300 employed and 1,600 unemployed.

Provincially, the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.9 per cent. The majority of the 35,000 jobs added in B.C. were healthcare and social services and information, culture and recreation jobs. The biggest gains were to part-time employment with 41,800 jobs last month.

Nationally, the jobless rate dropped 0.7 percentage points to 7.5 per cent, the lowest since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 303,000 jobs were added last month, reflecting a continued recovery in industries, including retail trade and accommodation and food services.