Kootenay Unemployment and COVID-19 Numbers decrease

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The Kootenay Unemployment rate continues to fall.

The September figure according to Statistics Canada was 8.9%.

That’s a drop of 2.4% from August and marks the third straight monthly decrease.

The steady decline began in July when the rate fell from June’s high of 16.1% to 12.9% the following month.  It was 11.3% in August.

The federal agency indicated about 72,400 people were working in the Kootenays in September, while approximately 7,100 people were looking for jobs.

Meanwhile the COVID-19 numbers continue to improve across the Kootenays.

The BC Centre for Disease Control figures for the week ending Oct.8 indicated there were no new infections keeping the pandemic-long total at 28.

The one new infection over the same period in the East Kootenay brought their total to 37.

The Northeast Tri County Health District south of the border reported 12 new cases from Wednesday, including three in the Newport area, about 100km south of Creston and two in the Colville area, about 90km south of Trail.

Almost half of the 82 new cases over the past two weeks were in Pend Oreille County which has prompted Health Officer Dr. Samuel Artzis to consider suspending in-class instruction in Pend Oreille County schools if the infection rate doesn’t decrease.

The area with the highest number of infections since the beginning of the pandemic is around Colville.

It accounted for 43 of the 82 cases throughout the district including all three deaths.