Red Deer region has lowest unemployment in province

Red Deer region’s unemployment at 4.4 per cent

Red Deer region’s unemployment rate remained the lowest in the province last month, according to Statistics Canada.

Unemployment in the region stood at 4.4 per cent — unchanged from December, when the region also had the lowest unemployment.

The provincial average was 6.8 per cent for January — down from seven per cent in January, says StatsCan’s monthly Alberta Labour Force Statistics report.

The next lowest unemployment rate among the province’s seven economic regions was 4.8 per cent, in the region that includes Banff, Jasper, Rocky Mountain House, Athabasca, Grande Prairie and Peace River. Camrose-Drumheller had the highest rate at 7.8 per cent.

The others were Lethbridge-Medicine Hat (5.4 per cent), Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake (5.6 per cent), Edmonton (6.2 per cent) and Calgary (6.9 per cent).

Canada’s national unemployment rate for January was 5.8 per cent, down slightly from 5.9 per cent in January.

Alberta’s unemployment rate puts it in the middle of the pack among the country’s 10 provinces. B.C. had the lowest rate at 4.7 per cent and Newfoundland the highest at 11.4 per cent.

The others were Quebec (5.4 per cent), Saskatchewan (5.5 per cent), Manitoba (5.5 per cent), Ontario (5.7 per cent), Nova Scotia (6.9 per cent), New Brunswick (8.2 per cent) and Prince Edward Island (9.9 per cent).

The United Conservative Party was critical of the Alberta government’s jobs record.

UCP finance critic Drew Barnes said the numbers show 16,000 jobs — many of them full time — were lost last month. Nearly 170,000 Albertans are unemployed, a number that does not include those who have given up on looking for work.

The unemployment rate for youth is at 11.8 per cent, said Barnes.

“It’s clear yet again that the NDP government’s high-tax, high-debt policies have failed Albertans, driving job-creating investment out of the province,” said Barnes.

The UCP pointed to a recent study from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy as an indication of the difficulties job hunters have in Alberta.

In October 2018, an unemployed person was out of work for an average of almost 21 weeks, compared with a little over seven weeks in 2008.

News tips

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Three youth charged following incidents at Collicutt Centre

Charges are pending against three youth in connection with three incidents over… Continue reading

UPDATED: Buffalo Hotel tenants will have a new home in Red Deer

Municipal planning commission approves development application

Wildfire that threatened Alberta communities was arson: RCMP, province

EDMONTON — A wildfire that threatened remote communities in north-central Alberta and… Continue reading

Fatal vehicle crash reported near Rimbey

Multiple vehicles involved

Ukraine’s president urges lawmakers to take polygraph test

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president on Wednesday urged a group of lawmakers… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Tuesday The Small Business Centre at Burman University’s School of Business invites… Continue reading

Caption glasses aid the deaf and hard of hearing

MALVERN, Pa. —Deaf in one ear and significantly hard of hearing in… Continue reading

Lacombe County appoints reeve and deputy reeve

Paula Law has been elected Lacombe County reeve for a seventh one-year… Continue reading

Gardening: Prune apple trees when they’re dormant

When apple trees are pruned yearly, it becomes a quick and routine… Continue reading

Ponoka RCMP arrest male with stolen vehicle and property

Christopher Hannah makes his first court appearance Oct. 25 in Ponoka

Opinion: Alberta government salaries are higher than in other provinces

Albertans are paying for inflated government salaries and benefits. With Alberta taxpayers… Continue reading

Michael Dawe: Military balls were once a highlight of Halloween

Another Halloween is rapidly approaching. It is one of the most popular… Continue reading

Very complex: Nats, Astros share spring site, meet in Series

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Asked how his Washington Nationals figured out… Continue reading

Most Read