Unemployment in Northeast B.C. remained unchanged in October at 6.2%.
In a labour force of 41,900, there were 39,200 employed and 2,600 unemployed, according to the latest estimates released by Statistics Canada on Friday, Nov. 8.
Unemployment in the region was recorded at 6.2% in September, with 2,600 unemployed.
Year-over-year, the unemployment rate is up from October 2018, when it sat at 4.3%, and when 1,800 were unemployed in a labour force of 41,600.
Employment in British Columbia rose by 15,000 in October, driven by increases in full-time work for those aged 55 and over, Statistic Canada reported.
The province saw notable losses in health care and social assistance (-15,200 jobs), manufacturing (-8,300 jobs), natural resources (-9,800 jobs) and construction (-4,400 jobs).
Gains came from wholesale and retail trade (+29,000 jobs), real estate- and finance-related positions (+10,700 jobs), as well as educational services (+15,300 jobs).
The gains helped push the unemployment rate down 0.1% to 4.7% — taking back the country’s lowest unemployment rate from Quebec.
Nationally, unemployment remained unchanged at 5.5%. Year over year, Canada has seen employment grow by 443,000 or 2.4%, Statistics Canada reported.
Unemployment rates in B.C.:
Cariboo - 6.9
Northeast - 6.2
Kootenay - 5.6
Lower Mainland Southwest - 5.0
Thompson-Okanagan - 4.6
North Coast and Nechako - 4.4
Vancouver Island and Coast - 4.3
With a report from Business in Vancouver
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