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Calgary remains Canadian city with highest unemployment rate amid decrease to 9.8%

Calgarians line up for jobs Aug. 23, 2016. Sarah Offin / Global News

Calgary’s unemployment rate fell 0.3 per cent last month to land at 9.8 per cent, according to Statistics Canada data released Friday.

While the decrease was welcome news, Calgary’s rate has remained the highest of any major urban area in Canada for more than half a year.

The Canadian unemployment rate fell to 6.8 per cent from 6.9 per cent in December, while Alberta employment remained flat in January with part-time gains offsetting losses in full-time jobs.

Province-wide, unemployment increased to 8.8 per cent. Statistics Canada attributed the 0.3 per cent increase to the climb in number of people looking for work.

Employment in Alberta was “little changed” on a year-over-year basis, the organization said.

A look at Calgary’s unemployment rate history:

U+2191.svg  June 2016 – 8.3 per cent (compared to 8.1 per cent in May)U+2191.svg  July 2016 – 8.6 per cent (Calgary’s unemployment rate becomes worst in Canada)U+2191.svg  August 2016 – 9 per centU+2191.svg  September 2016 – 9.5 per centU+2191.svg October 2016 – 10.2 per centU+2191.svg November 2016 – 10.3 per centU+2193.svg December 2016 – 10.2 per centU+2193.svg January 2017 – 9.8 per cent

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