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Unemployment numbers slightly up: Statistics Canada

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7

The unemployment rate is at its highest since March 2013.

That’s according to Statistics Canada which released unemployment figures today.

Nationally the rate rose 0.1 per cent in February to 7.3 per cent while in Alberta the rate rose 0.5 per cent to 7.9 per cent.

On a year-over-year basis, while the natural resources sector lost 8,900 jobs and continued its downward trend, the construction industry saw a gain of 34,000 jobs.

Also year-over-year, employment grew by 0.7 per cent or 118,000 jobs with the gains mostly coming from full-time work of 82,000 jobs

At the same time, the number of hours worked increased by 1.0 per cent.

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