The employment rate in the Northwest Territories has risen to 66 per cent, up from 65 per cent in February.

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Of 32,400 residents over 15 years of age, 21,400 were employed according to data from the NWT Bureau of Statistics. [pdf]

That’s an increase of 300 persons from the previous month.

Compared to this time last year, there were 1,000 fewer people employed in the NWT.

Most of the job losses were in full-time positions.

According to the NWT Bureau of Statistics, the Yukon had the highest employment rate nationally at 73.9 per cent, followed by the Northwest Territories and Alberta, who both had an employment rate of 66 per cent.

Across Canada, meanwhile, the jobless rate rose to 6.7 per cent last month from 6.6 per cent, as more people looked for work.

The territory’s unemployment rate meanwhile stayed unchanged at 7 per cent, the seventh highest in Canada.