Jobless rate in May in the Kootenays up year over year

More jobs, but a higher unemployment rate in the Kootenays in May.

Last month there were 49 hundred residents looking for work, a rate of 6.3 percent, while last year at the same time the rate was 5.1 percent, with 12 hundred fewer people job hunting.

The good news, there are actually more people working year over year, up over 5 thousand to 77, 700.

There are also more people in the labour force this year.

Nationally, Statistics Canada says the economy added 27,700 jobs in May, far more than economists expected.
     
The unemployment rate also fell to a record low of 5.4 per cent, down from 5.7 per cent in April.