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Unemployment rate drops in Alberta

Some of the largest employment gains across the country were seen here in Alberta in December.

According to Stats Canada’s report, The unemployment rate in Alberta fell from 8.5 per cent at the end of 2016 to 6.9 per cent at the end of 2017 with 26,000 mostly full-time jobs created in Alberta last month. This number is also a drop from the 7.3 per cent unemployment rate reported in November.

In the region that houses Lloydminster, StatsCan reports six per cent unemployment. This area also includes Camrose and Drumheller. Last December the unemployment rate in the area was seven per cent.

According to the same StatsCan report, Saskatchewan has seen a rise in unemployment from November to December 2017, going from six per cent up to 6.4. That number is lower than December of 2016, when the unemployment rate was 6.6 percent.

Nationally job growth was seen as well, the unemployment rate fell by 1.2 percentage points to 5.7 per cent.

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With files from Tricia Kindleman. 

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