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Unemployment up in Kelowna

Kelowna's unemployment rate creeped upward by a half per cent last month, from 8.2 per cent to 8.8 per cent, according to Statistic Canada's latest numbers.

The uptick in joblessness in March over February, means about 8,900 locals are looking for work.

It may not be a significant increase, but it does show Kelowna's at odds with the rest of the country, which saw an improvement.

After months of stagnant or even falling employment, Canada's economy had its biggest surge since before the last recession — adding 82,300 workers to the labour force in March.

That's  the biggest monthly jump since September 2008, just before the Canadian economy experienced the fallout from the U.S. credit crisis.

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