Unemployment rate dips in 2 Atlantic provinces

The unemployment rate dipped in two Atlantic provinces last month, but edged up in the other two, the latest figures from Statistics Canada show.

November numbers down in N.B. and N.S., but up in P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador

The unemployment rate dipped in two Atlantic provinces last month, but edged up in the other two, the latest figures from Statistics Canada show.

New Brunswick's rate was 9.7 per cent in November, down from 10.1 per cent in October.

There were 2,200 new jobs in the province, split evenly between full-time and part-time, the monthly report shows.

Nova Scotia's jobless rate is down three-tenths of a point to 8.8 per cent, despite the loss of 1,300 jobs.

That's because the 2,900 people left the workforce.

Meanwhile, P.E.I. lost 400 jobs in November and saw its rate increase by seven-tenths of a point to 11.4 per cent.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the unemployment rate rose 1.3 percentage points to 12.3 per cent. There were 2,600 fewer people working in November.

Across the country, the unemployment rate held steady at 6.9 per cent for the third month in a row.

Year over year, the rate decreased 0.3 percentage points.

Employment continued on a slight upward trend for the third consecutive month, edging up 22,000 in November.

More people aged 25 and over where employed in November, up by 26,000, while youth employment dropped by the same amount.

ProvinceNovember rateOctober rate
Newfoundland and Labrador12.3 per cent11.0 per cent
P.E.I.11.4 per cent10.7 per cent
Nova Scotia8.8 per cent9.1 per cent
New Brunswick9.7 per cent10.1 per cent
Quebec7.2 per cent7.5 per cent
Ontario7.2 per cent7.4 per cent
Manitoba5.6 per cent5.5 per cent
Saskatchewan4.1 per cent3.6 per cent
Alberta4.7 per cent4.3 per cent
B.C.6.7 per cent6.5 per cent

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