New Brunswick’s jobless rate dipped by four tenths of a percentage point in November, Statistics Canada reported on Friday.
The province’s unemployment rate dropped to 11.2 per cent last month from 11.6 per cent in October, even though the economy generated no new jobs.
The number of jobs held steady at 349,400 between October and November. Statistics Canada reported an increase of 600 full-time jobs, but a loss of 700 part-time jobs.
The overall labour force rate and employment rate both dropped in the last month.
Meanwhile, the national economy added 59,000 jobs in November and Canada’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.2 per cent.
The unemployment news was mixed in New Brunswick's two largest cities.
The unemployment rate held firm in Moncton at 7.1 per cent. However, in Saint John, the jobless figure grew to 9.3 per cent in November from nine per cent in October.
The regional unemployment breakdowns also show a wide variation.
The Campbellton-Miramichi region has an unemployment rate of 16.6 per cent, which is an increase from 16.1 per cent in October.
Meanwhile, the jobless rates in Moncton-Richibucto and Fredericton-Oromocto are roughly half that figure at eight per cent and 8.1 per cent, respectively.
The Saint John-St. Stephen unemployment rate stood at 9.2 per cent in November, a 0.1-point drop in the last month.
And the Edmundston-Woodstock unemployment figure fell slightly to 9.3 per cent in November from 9.4 per cent in October.