In the past year Stats Canada says the unemployment rate for the region that includes Grande Prairie has dropped by more than 1 per cent. The region which includes most of Western Alberta has an unemployment rate of 5.9 per cent.

The provincial unemployment rate is at 7 percent, up just .1 per cent compared to December. Calgary continues to have the highest rate in the province with 7.7 per cent unemployment.

Nationally full-time job increases were wiped out by the loss of 137,000 part-time jobs. That led to a .1 per cent increase in the unemployment rate across the country to 5.9 per cent.

British Columbia has the lowest unemployment rate at 4.8 per cent while Newfoundland and Labrador have the highest rate nationally at 14 per cent.