That makes it the eighth best score among Canada’s 37 major metropolitan markets, but Kelowna normally sits in the top five nationally.
Figures for the central Okanagan do not match national figures as Canada’s overall unemployment rate fell to 7.8% for the month from 8.2% in May. The statistics agency says this is the lowest unemployment rate in the pandemic since 7.5% recorded in March.
Kelowna’s labor force, which includes all members of a particular employable population, increased by 1,100 in June, while the number of unemployed jumped from about 600 to 7,000. The participation rate, c That is, the number of people working or looking for work, has increased by around 500 in the last month.
The Thompson Okanagan region’s unemployment rate fell by one percentage point in June, from 7.5% to 6.5%.
The jobs numbers come as restaurants and bars across the Okanagan desperately seek workers. Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been lifted and businesses are speeding up, but potential employees are being recruited quickly.
Overall, the Canadian economy created 230,700 jobs in June as restrictions put in place to slow the pandemic were lifted across the country.
The gain came as the number of part-time positions increased by 263,900, essentially bringing it back to pre-pandemic levels, while the number of full-time jobs fell by 33,200.
Statistics Canada said the part-time earnings were driven by job increases in the hard-hit retail and foodservice sectors concentrated among young people.
– with files from The Canadian Press