Local jobless rate down

The Kootenay unemployment rate was 8.3 per cent last month, according to Statistics Canada.

The Kootenay unemployment rate was 8.3 per cent last month, according to Statistics Canada.

That was down from 9.5 per cent in May, but higher than the 7.6 per cent figure recorded in the June of last year.

The national number crunching agency says 6,400 people were looking for work in the East and West Kootenays.

Provincially, the jobless rate dropped for a fourth straight month to 7.3 per cent while the national rate was unchanged at 7.4 per cent.