The jobless rate in Kamloops jumped last month compared to August of 2017.
The Chief Economist for the Central One Credit Union, Helmut Pastrick says in the Tournament Capital, the rate jumped from 5.3 to 6.4 per cent.
“Forest fires situation has had an impact on the tourism industry, and other industries as well, potentially on the manufacturing side.”
In B.C, unemployment climbed to 5.3 per cent last month from 5 per cent in July.
“The labour market has performed reasonably well in B.C during the past year or so, thought we have seen employment levels rather stable.”
The economy lost 51, 600 net jobs last month.
The losses helped drive the national unemployment rate to 6 per cent, up from 5.8 per cent in July.
However, August also featured a notable bright spot, full-time jobs rose by 40, 400.