Local unemployment rises in August

The Kootenay unemployment rate rose to 7.5 per cent last month, according to Statistics Canada. That was up from 6.6 per cent in July. However, it was lower than the 8.4 per cent recorded in August of last year.

The Kootenay unemployment rate rose to 7.5 per cent last month, according to Statistics Canada. That was up from 6.6 per cent in July. However, it was lower than the 8.4 per cent recorded in August of last year.

It was also despite an increase of about 700 jobs in the region.

The figures cover the East and West Kootenays.

BC’s unemployment rate was also 7.5 per cent, virtually unchanged from the previous month, although the province lost about 6,000 jobs.

Nationally, the rate was 7.3 per cent, about the same as in July.