Northeast B.C. unemployment at pre-pandemic level

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northeast B.C. reported a 3.9 per cent unemployment rate in June. The last time the regi…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northeast B.C. reported a 3.9 per cent unemployment rate in June.

The last time the region sat below 4 per cent was in March 2020, when provincial lockdowns began because of COVID-19.

“B.C. was the only province with employment above its pre-pandemic level,” said the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey

A total of 37,500 were employed and 1,500 unemployed in June, according to numbers released by Statistic Canada Friday. The jobless rate has dropped from 4.5 per cent in May and has remained the lowest in the province since July 2020.

Unemployment has significantly dropped compared to June 2020 at 10.8 percent.

Provincially, the unemployment rate dipped from 7 per cent in May to 6.6 per cent in June. The majority of the 42,100 added jobs added in B.C. were accommodation and food services sectors jobs.

Nationally, the jobless rate dropped 0.4 percentage points to 7.8 per cent, and a total of 231,000 jobs were added last month

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