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Regional unemployment rates rise in Saskatchewan, fall in Alberta

Regional unemployment rates on both sides of the Lloydminster border moved in opposite directions during December.

According to numbers released by Statistics Canada, the rates in the Prince Albert and Northern region were up to 6.3 per cent, unadjusted for seasonality. It is the first time the rate has increased since hitting its highest point at 10.8 per cent in June.

Unemployment also increased throughout Saskatchewan with the rate sitting at 7.8 per cent, up from 6.9 in November. These numbers were seasonally adjusted.

In the Camrose-Drumheller region, the rate fell to 10.1 per cent, unadjusted for seasonality. It was 11.4 the previous month. The job market in the economic region has been recovering steadily after posting a 13.4 per cent high in August.

Provincially, Alberta saw a small drop of 0.1 resting at 11 per cent in December.

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Nationally, there was a 0.1 increase to 8.6 per cent as 63,000 jobs were lost throughout the country.

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