Red Deer’s unemployment rate dropped by half a per cent in November.
According to the Alberta Labour Force’s monthly statistics, the city’s jobless rate this past month was 10.4 per cent. It was 11.1 per cent in October. That’s a stark contrast from November of 2019, when it was 6.5 per cent.
Alberta’s unemployment rate this past month was 11.1 per cent, according to Statistics Canada. This is nearly half a point lower than October when the unemployment rate was 10.7 per cent.
In October 2019, Alberta’s unemployment rate was 6.8 per cent.
“After six months of positive job growth with an overall recovery from pre-pandemic levels of 247,000 jobs and 10,000 new private-sector jobs over the last month, we have seen encouraging signs of a recovery that is a credit to small businesses across Alberta,” said Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer.
“We will continue to support them as we move forward out of this pandemic.”
Edmonton and Calgary meanwhile, had some of the highest unemployment numbers among major cities in Canada. Calgary’s unemployment rate in November was 10.4 per cent and Edmonton’s was 10.6 per cent.
“There is no credible way Jason Kenney can continue to claim that he is somehow protecting the economy by refusing to take action to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said NDP Critic for Economic Development and Innovation Deron Bilous.
“The UCP’s lack of action and unwillingness to support workers and small business means that hundreds of thousands of Albertans have lost their jobs without any help from their premier.”
The Camrose-Drumheller region had one of the highest unemployment rates in Alberta at 11.4 per cent.