FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. unemployment rate decreased to 4.5 per cent in May compared to 4.9 the month prior.

A total of 38,600 regional residents were employed, and 1,800 were unemployed in May.

Provincially, the unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.1 per cent in May from 7.0 per cent in April.

Nationally, the jobless rate slightly increased by 0.1 percentage points to 8.2 per cent, according to Stats Canada. Employment declined in both full-time (-68,000 jobs) and part-time (-54,000 jobs) work. The number of self-employed workers was virtually unchanged in May but remained around 5 per cent (-144,000) below pre-pandemic levels.

The number of Canadians unemployed for 27 weeks or more is now at 478,000.