According to Statistics Canada, there were 18, 873, 900 people working last month across all of Canada, with 1,162,000 people unemployed.
The rise in the unemployment rate was attributable to an expansion in the labor force with more people seeking jobs.
The government organization released the monthly report for January 2019, showing Medicine Hat's unemployment rate hit 7.7 per cent, up from 6.4 per cent in December 2018.More news: No new jobs but happier citizens in Finland's basic income test
However, using the jobless rate to assess the progress of the capital region's workforce over the past decade is a bit of an illusion.
The vast majority of the decline in the capital's labour force participation rate took place from then to now.
Statcan attempts to smooth out the fluctuations by using a three-month moving average - which in this case means tossing out October data and adding in January.More news: Southampton should drop Jack Stephens against Cardiff due to Maya Yoshida return
Provincially, Saskatchewan lost 2,800 jobs in January as compared to December, according to seasonally-adjusted data from Statistics Canada.
In a comparison to last January most regions saw their unemployment rate decline.
Jobless rates in the region rose nearly a full percentage point in one month. Unemployment in that province increased by 0.4 percentage points. This was followed up by Nova Scotia at 9.9% and New Brunswick at 8.2%. Public sector employees remained largely unchanged, adding roughly 15,900 jobs.More news: Manafort's Russia meeting at heart of probe
"It might catch your eye that you have this massive print in youth employment, but the actual story is that youth employment over the previous year is just flat; it was reversing some of the losses we've seen recently", said Royce Mendes, senior economist at CIBC World Markets. In January, the labour force contracted to 104,200 from 105,300, the number of people employed fell to 96,100 from 98,200 and the participation rate went from 66 to 65.6 per cent. There were 200 fewer jobs in January but from a year ago employment in the region was higher by 33,800 positions.