In Brief: Kootenay unemployment rate rises

The Kootenay unemployment rate was 9.4 per cent in March, up from 8.4 per cent in February.

Statistics Canada says about 7,300 people were looking for work, but there were 400 fewer jobs than the previous month.

March’s jobless rate was still lower than the same time last year, when it sat at 10.7 per cent.

The figures cover the East and West Kootenays.

Province-wide unemployment was 8.1 per cent, while the national rate was 7.7 per cent.