Red Deer region unemployment drops in June

Red Deer region unemployment at 7.1% in June, down from 7.5% in May

Red Deer region’s June unemployment rate dropped from a month earlier, but it remains higher than a year ago.

Unemployment in the region was at 7.1 per cent last month, down from 7.5 per cent in May. In June 2018, unemployment was at 6.6 per cent, according to Statistics Canada Alberta labour force numbers released Friday.

Provincially, unemployment was at 6.6 per cent, above the national average of 5.5 per cent.

B.C. had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.5 per cent and Newfoundland had the highest at 13.3 per cent.

Red Deer’s unemployment rate was the second highest among the province’s seven economic regions. Only Camrose-Drumheller was higher at 7.2 per cent.

The sprawling Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House-Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River region had the lowest unemployment rate at 5.7 per cent.

The others were: Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake (5.8 per cent), Lethbridge-Medicine Hat (6.2 per cent), Calgary (6.5 per cent) and Edmonton (seven per cent).

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