A small increase in the regional jobless rate over the last year.
Stats Canada indicates that Kootenay unemployment came in at 5.9% last month.
That compares to 5.5% in July of 2013.
The Kootenays saw a net population loss of 4,000 over that 12 month period and 6,600 people left the regional labour force.
Unemployment in June was 6.6% but Stats Canada recommends comparing year over year figures instead of month to month.
There are no specific stats for the West Kootenay only.