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Pockets of low unemployment continued to be found across Canada's West. Alberta boasted the lowest unemployment rate, at 4.3%, of all Canadian provinces and territories. In Calgary and Medicine Hat, unemployment rates were lower still at 4.0%.
Unemployment also fell across much of British Columbia, where the provincial rate dropped from 8.5% in 2001 to 6.0% in 2006. In Kamloops, the decline was even more dramatic, as the rate tumbled from 10.5% to 6.2%; in Kelowna, it dropped from 8.8% to 5.1%. Vancouver also saw a large drop in its unemployment rate from 7.2% to 5.6%. The unemployment rate in Victoria was a particularly low 4.3%.
While some cities in British Columbia were still lagging behind the national average, there was also notable improvement. In Prince George, the unemployment rate fell from 11.4% to 7.6% and in Nanaimo, from 11.6% to 7.0%.
Many Ontario cities had strong local labour markets in 2006, with unemployment rates below the national average. In Guelph, the unemployment rate was 5.1% in 2006, while in nearby Kitchener, it was 5.6%. The unemployment rate in the census metropolitan area of Ottawa Gatineau (5.7%) was also below the national average.