51,500 people in Prince George found themselves employed during April according to Stats Canada.
That’s an increase of about 57-hundred when compared to the same month last year.
Labour Division Analyst, Vincent Ferrao (Fair-ow) told MyPGNow.com this led to our unemployment rate dropping even further.
“The unemployment was 5.5% in April, 5.9% in March and a year ago when the labour market started to fall steeply the jobless mark was 10.2%.”
However, BC wasn’t so lucky seeing its unemployment rate jump to 7.1% after it was 6.9 in March.
The province lost 43-thousand jobs as a result.
Ferrao while the provincial mark is lower than what it was when the pandemic was first declared, it is still well below pre-pandemic levels.
“A year ago (April of 2020) it was 11.5% but in February (0f last year) prior to the pandemic, it was 5.1% so we are still above the pre-pandemic rate in terms of unemployment.”
In Canada, the nation’s jobless rate jumped to 8.1% in April after it was 7.5 the month prior.
Here is a breakdown of all the provinces:
- Quebec/Saskatchewan 6.6%
- British Columbia 7.1%
- Manitoba 7.4%
- Nova Scotia 8.1%
- Prince Edward Island 8.2%
- New Brunswick 8.5%
- Ontario/Alberta 9.0%
- Newfoundland and Labrador 13.5%