FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  Northeast B.C.’s unemployment rate dropped by more than one per cent in November compared to October.

The region reported a 4.1 per cent jobless rate last month from 5.8 per cent in October. The region added 1,300 jobs in November as 37,300 were employed.

Last year, there were 40,400 employed in November, and the region had a 4.3 per cent unemployment rate.

B.C.’s unemployment rate fell to 5.6 per cent.

On Friday, Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, issued a statement about November’s labour force survey, stating the province added 4,600 jobs, and mentioning the full impact of flooding in the province on the economy is unknown at this time.

“Our province has endured one challenge after another – from COVID-19, to last summer’s heat dome, wildfires and the recent devastating flooding and mudslides – but the resilience and grit of people, businesses and communities has shone through at every turn,” said Kahlon.

“By working together, B.C. continues to lead Canada’s economic recovery through the pandemic. Our unemployment rate remains one of the lowest in the country, and we continue to lead the nation with a job recovery rate of 102%. That means 55,000 more people are employed in B.C. today compared to before the pandemic.”

Nationally, the jobless rate dropped to 6 per cent. Employment rose by 154,000 (+0.8%) in November and was 186,000 (+1.0%) higher than its pre-COVID February 2020 level.