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PG’s labour force has shrunk by 4,000 in the past 12 months

Prince George’s unemployment rate climbed by over a full point in April, now sitting at 7.3%.

This comes after it was 6.2 in March.

According to Stats Canada, the local labour force has shrunk over the past 12 months as just over 49-thousand people were employed last month – a dip from 53-thousand in April of 2022.

Labour Division Analyst, Vince Ferrao explained to Vista Radio which sectors were hardest hit.

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“There were fewer people working in wholesale and retail and also fewer people working in manufacturing and construction.”

Provincially, BC’s unemployment rate stands at an even 5.0% after it was 4.5 in March – the fourth-lowest among all the provinces.

For the fifth consecutive month, the jobless mark in Canada came in at 5.0% after adding 41-thousand jobs in April.

Here is a breakdown of all the provinces:

  • Quebec 4.1%
  • Manitoba/Saskatchewan 4.8%
  • Ontario 4.9%
  • British Columbia 5.0%
  • Alberta 5.9%
  • New Brunswick 6.1%
  • Nova Scotia 6.3%
  • Prince Edward Island 7.1%
  • Newfoundland/Labrador 10.1%
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