Northeast B.C. unemployment drops to 8.3% in May

Employment in Northeast B.C. grew by 200 in May, pushing the region's unemployment down to 8.3%, according to the latest labour force survey.

There were an estimated 37,700 people employed in the region last month, up from 37,500 in April when unemployment was at 9%.

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Year-over-year, unemployment is up from the May 2018 rate of 7.9%, and when 38,500 people were working. The region has the highest unemployment in the province.

Employment grew by 17,000 in British Columbia in May, with the provincial unemployment rate dropping to 4.3%.

B.C. posted its biggest gains in agriculture, up 3,000 jobs; utilities, up 1,700; and in manufacturing, up 8,100.

The province saw losses in fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas, down 2,500 jobs; and in accommodation and food services, down 8,700.

Canada added 27,700 jobs in May, with the unemployment rate at 5.4%.

Unemployment rates in B.C.:

Northeast - 8.3

Kootenay - 6.3

Cariboo - 5.5

Thompson-Okanagan - 5.4

Lower Mainland Southwest - 4.3

Vancouver Island and Coast - 4.0

North Coast and Nechako - 3.7

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