Stats Canada says 68,000 jobs lost in May

Statistics Canada released a report last week outlining job losses throughout May. 68,000 jobs were reported lost in the month, with almost all of the losses coming from part-time work. The Chief Executive Officer for Economic Development Lethbridge, Trevor Lewington, says our city’s unemployment rate improved last month.

Health Care and Social Assistance, and Wholesale and Retail Trade were the two top industries in Lethbridge during May. Sitting at 11,600 (19%) and 8,800 (14%) of the the total employment by industry respectively.

The provincial unemployment rate was 5.7% as of May.

The number of Canadians working from home stayed at 5.1-million.

Long-term unemployment in Canada remained steady at 478,000. This includes people that have been unemployed for longer than 27 weeks.

To read more on the Statistics Canada report, you can visit

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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