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Unemployment rises slightly in Brandon

The latest statistics show that the unemployment rate in Brandon was slightly higher in December compared to both the month before and a year ago.

However, the average unemployment rate for all of 2013 is the lowest its been since 2008.

Unemployment in Decmber 2013 was reported at 3.2 per cent in Brandon, according to the Statistics Canada figures compiled by Economic Development Brandon.

That's up from the 2.5 per cent recorded in November, and is higher year-over-year from December 2012, when the unemployment rate was 3.0 per cent.

However, unemployment remains at one of the lowest monthly rates recorded in the past few years.

Average monthly unemployment in Brandon through 2013 was 4.3 per cent. That's down from 5.1 per cent in 2012 and is the lowest since 2008, when yearly unemployment was 3.1 per cent.

Brandon is also doing better than the province as a whole. Manitoba's unemployment rate in December was 5.5 per cent.

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