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The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

The Manitoba economy churned out 6,000 new jobs in October while the unemployment rate fell by half of a percentage point, according to Statistics Canada. The positive month saw the provincial unemployment rate fall to 5.3 per cent, 30 per cent lower than the national rate of 7.6 per cent. Manitoba accounted for nine per cent of the 65,000 new jobs created across the country. An estimated 20,000 of the nation's jobs were created in the areas of health care and social assistance. Statistics Canada estimates that these sectors have accounted for 56,000 new jobs across the country so far in 2003. Employment in natural resources also grew by 7,000 jobs last month, primarily in the oil and gas industries.