Unemployment in the region down again, says Statistics Canada report

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Overall, Canada's unemployment figure remains steady at 5.8 per cent, unaffected by the economy seeing a net loss of 1,100 jobs.

Statistics Canada released a new jobs report Friday that showed average hourly wages in April were 3.6 per cent higher than they were a year earlier. It's even with Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake, but higher than Camrose-Drumheller (four per cent, a slight increase), Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House/Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River (rising to 5.9 per cent), and Red Deer (5.1 per cent, slightly higher).

Statistics Canada notes the number of people working in British Columbia was little changed in April, as growth in full-time work was offset by a decline in part-time employment.

Part of the growth seen in Ontario and Alberta was due to the mandatory hike in the minimum wage. It was the monthly reading's largest annual increase since October 2012.

Victoria's rate had climbed from December to March after hitting a low of 3.3 per cent in November.

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The most recent reading of wage common was 2.3 per cent for the fourth quarter of a year ago. The next scheduled rate announcement is May 30. It was 6.1%, up from 5.6% in March.

Service sector positions increased by 4,000 year over year.

Adjusted to USA concepts, the unemployment rate in Canada was 4.9 per cent in April, compared with 3.9 per cent in the United States. The labour force participation rate for youth slipped to 63.4% from 63.8%.

Compared with 12 months earlier, the employment was up 1.5 per cent following the creation of 278,300 jobs, which was fuelled by 378,300 new full-time positions.

Sectors that saw increases in employment in April included construction, manufacturing, professional services, and administration.

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