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Up and down the Kootenay jobless rate

Nelson Daily Editor
By Nelson Daily Editor
April 9th, 2011

There are 400 fewer jobs in the Kootenay employment market this year than there was last year at this time, Statistics Canada said this week.

Job gains came in the areas of educational services, health care and social assistance but dropped in the resource sector — forestry, fishing, mining, oil and gas — and wholesale trade.

Last month there were 7,300 people looking for work (9.4 per cent of the working population of the area) — up one per cent from February.

However, more people were looking for work in the region one year ago, when 8,500 people were searching.

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