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According to the latest Labour Force Statistics, the unemployment rate in Northeastern BC was listed at 7 per cent, up from 6.2 per cent in October and 5.5 per cent for both September and August of 2015.

Compared to last year’s statistics, the unemployment rate was so low in October, November, and December that it isn’t even ranked on the chart as a number.

This trend carried into 2015 for January and February, but jumped to 4.2 per cent in March.

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British Columbia as a whole has an unemployment rate of 6 per cent for November.

The last time a disparity even bigger was seen between Northeastern BC and the rest of the province was in early 2014, where Northeastern BC’s rate was as high as 8.4 per cent and the province was at 6.1 per cent in April.

For November, the regions that tied for lowest unemployment rate were Vancouver and Kootenay, with 5.7 per cent.

The Cariboo had the highest unemployment rate, with 7.1 per cent.

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