Unemployment up in Manitoba

Statistics Canada is showing a slight loss in jobs for Manitoba in March.

Employment figures released this morning show there were 2100 fewer people working in last month compared to February.

Those losses alone wouldn’t have had a large impact on the provincial unemployment rate, but with a growing number of people looking for work the rate edge up four-tenths of a point to 5.7%.

Even with the increase, unemployment in Manitoba remains low compared to the rest of the country.  Only Alberta (4.9%) and Saskatchewan (4.5%) have lower rates.

The national average fr March was 6.9%, a decrease of one-tenth of a point compared to February thanks largely to job growth in British Columbia and Quebec.

— Garth Hilderman

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