December was not a good month for employment in the Cariboo.
Andrew Fields, a Labour Market Analyst with Stats Canada, says the unemployment rate was 7.2 percent last month…up from 4.9 in December of 2014.
Fields says the number of people who were employed in the region dropped to about 79 thousand from 86 thousand a year earlier and he says there were also roughly two thousand more people looking for work last month, raising that total to around 6100.
He says most of the job losses, about half, were in the natural resources sector.
Fields says there were also declines in education and transportation and warehousing.
On the flip side, Fields says there increases in trade, manufacturing and accommodation and food services.