Drop in unemployment recorded

Unemployment in the Red Deer region dropped in May, based on the latest figures from Statistics Canada.

Unemployment in the Red Deer region dropped in May, based on the latest figures from Statistics Canada.

The local jobless rate was calculated at 3.5 per cent, down from 4.2 per cent in April and 6.1 per cent in May 2013.

Across the province, only the Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House region came in lower than Red Deer, at 3.1 per cent. Athabasca-Grande Prairie was 3.7 per cent, Camrose-Drumheller and Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake were both 4.0 per cent, Lethbridge-Medicine Hat was 4.9 per cent, Edmonton was 5.2 per cent and Calgary was 5.4 per cent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Alberta in May was 4.6 per cent, down from 4.7 per cent in April and 4.8 per cent in May 2013.

Saskatchewan had the lowest seasonally adjusted rate in Canada, at 3.7 per cent.

The national rate was 7.0 per cent, up 0.1 percentage points from April.

Alberta’s labour force gained 12,900 people during the month while employment increased by 16,400 positions

There were 19,200 new full-time jobs and 2,800 fewer part-time positions.

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