The unemployment rate in the Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake region has nearly doubled since COVID-19 lockdowns began in March.
Statistics Canada data released Friday shows an unemployment rate of 12 per cent for the census region covering the Wood Buffalo area and Fort McMurray.
This is an increase from 11.6 per cent in June. As lockdowns began in March, unemployment hit 6.3 per cent. This was followed by 7.9 per cent in April and 9.9 per cent in May.
Despite this, the region saw an increase of 1,000 full-time jobs and 300 part-time jobs from June.
Construction added 600 new jobs from the previous month, as did the sector covering food and accomodations.
The natural resources sector, which includes the oilsands, saw no major job losses or new positions added from the previous month.
The biggest increase from June is in the service-producing sector, which saw an added 800 jobs. This is the first increase the sector has seen since the COVID-19 lockdowns began.