Labour Force Shrinks, Unemployment Still Highest In Western Canada

A slight population increase of 1.2 percent from November 2012 to 2013 in the Abbotsford-Mission Census Metropolitan Area (CSA) meant a 1.5 percent increase in the size of the labour force as well as increases of 1.3 percent in employment and 2.7 percent in unemployment..

Unemployment shrank from 8.1 to 7.7 percent since October 2013 while the size of the total work force in the region shrank by 0.8 percent. Employment was also down by a factor of 0,4 percent.

Participation in the workforce dropped from 69,800 to 69, 100 or 0.7 percent between October and November as did the overall rate of employment.

The unemployment rate for Vancouver was down to 6.6 percent in November and in Victoria it was down to 4.4 percent.

Kelowna posted an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent; Sasdkatoon and Regina 3.9 each; Winnipeg 5.9; Edmonton 5.1; Cagary 4.6.

At 7.7 percent the local employment rate was far and away the highest in Western Canada.

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