Unemployment Up in P.G.
Prince George, B.C.- Unemployment in Prince George was 6.2% in December, up from 4.1% in the same month a year ago.
Stats Canada Analyst, Vincent Ferrao says that translates to 3,100 people being unemployed last month compared to 2,200 who were without work in December 2014. He says while there wasn’t much change in part time work, there were declines in full time positions. There were increases in manufacturing and the retail, wholesale sectors.
For the Cariboo region ( which includes Prince George, ) the unemployment rate was 7.2% last month compared to 4.9% in December of 2014. Ferrao says the declines were in the natural resources, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing sectors.
Provincially, the rate climbed to 6.7%, up from 5.5% a year ago.
Nationally, the rate increased slightly. It was 6.7% in December of 2014, and climbed to 7.1% last month.