British Columbia can no longer boast the lowest jobless rate in Canada following Friday’s morning’s release of figures from Statistics Canada.
Data shows B-C’s unemployment rate climbed one-tenth of a point to 5.5-percent in April, while Manitoba’s rate declined by the same amount, giving that province the edge at 5.4-percent.
Nationally, StatsCan says the number of people looking for work fell two full percentage points to 6.5-percent last month, but noted the decline was mainly due to a drop in the number of young Canadians looking for work.
Prince George is sitting at 6.3 for the month of April, which is higher compared to 5.7 percent in March.
The region went up to 8.9 percent for April, compared to 5.6 percent a year ago.