Jobless numbers regionally and nationally

The employment picture was looking good nationally in April.
Canada's unemployment rate edged down to 5.7 per cent from 5.8 per cent in March as the economy added a record 106-thousand, 500 jobs.

That's the biggest one-month employment surge since the government started collecting comparable data in 1976.

In the Kootenays there were 5-thousand people looking for work in April, for a jobless rate of 6.4 percent.

Last year at the same time the rate was 5.4 percent with 12-hundred fewer people job hunting, although it's not necessarily bad news.

There are roughly 6-thousand more people with jobs year over year around the region.