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The Fort St. John Literacy Society is among the beneficiaries sharing $2.4 million in 2015-16 fiscal year funding by the provincial government to improve literacy skills.

75 communities across the province, received varying amounts, with $33,590 coming to the Fort St. John Society, about half the amount that went to the Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society, which provides residents in that community with both family and adult programs.

Since 2001 the Province has invested more than $25 million in community adult literacy programs, assisting an estimated 100,000 people to improve reading, writing and math skills.

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Province-wide community organizations collaborate with a public post-secondary institution and in this region it is Northern Lights College which is involved in partnerships leading to the transition of adult students from the literacy programs to post-secondary studies, and employment training.

Meantime speaking of employment, the Northeast Region jobless rate fell last month, by nearly a full percentage point to 5.5, from 6.4 per cent.

That’s the lowest it’s been since it was 4.7 per cent in May, and the first time it’s been less than six per cent in the last three months.

It was also the second lowest of the seven regional rates in the province, trailing only the Thompson-Okanagan at 5.1 per cent.

However, on a year-over-year basis, for the third month in a row, the rate was higher than last year, when it was only 4.1 per cent, in August.

If you missed the earlier Stats Canada report, at the end of last week, the provincial rate held steady last month at six per cent, but nationally, despite the addition of 12,000 jobs, the rate went up to seven per cent from 6.8.

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