FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  Northeast B.C.’s jobless rate rose to 5.7 per cent in September after being 4.8 per cent in August.

Even with the increased unemployment rate help wanted Signs can be seen in front of many businesses in Fort St. John.

September was the first month since March that saw the number of people working in the region increase.  September saw 36,200 employed compared to 35,200 in August.

The northeast no longer has the lowest unemployment rate in B.C. Victoria reported a 4.4 per cent jobless rate last month, followed by Vancouver Island at 5.2 percent.

B.C.’s unemployment rate increased to 6.5 per cent.

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation issued the following statement about employment numbers in B.C.  “B.C. continues to lead all provinces since the onset of the pandemic with a job recovery rate of 101.5 per cent . Our unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country at 5.9 per cent.

“Our job recovery rate has been strong across the province, led by Prince George at 107.1 per cent. Other notable job recovery rates are in the Thompson-Okanagan at 106.8 per cent, the Cariboo at 104.6 per cent, Vancouver Island at 104.1 per cent, the Kootenays at 102.3 per cent, Lower Mainland at 102 per cent, Vancouver at 101.3per cent and North Coast-Nechako at 100.7 per cent.”

Nationally, the jobless rate dropped to 6.9 per cent, after 157,000 jobs were added in September.