Christmas wasn't the boom it was expected to be for the Okanagan's economy and employment scene.
In fact, the Valley lost jobs last month as the up-and-down economy tends to be more down as the expected recovery doesn't take hold.
In December, the Thompson-Okanagan's jobless rate was 7.9 per cent, up from 5.7 per cent in the same month in 2012.
Kelowna's unemployment rate last month was 6.9 per cent, a jump from 6.2 per cent in November 2013.
Since the recession of 2008-09, Canada's economic recovery has been slow and sporadic.
The same holds true in the Okanagan, where one month shows gains and the next losses.
In the past when times were tough in the Okanagan, workers looked to northern Alberta for jobs in the oilpatch, even if their families stayed behind in the Valley.
But in December, jobs were shed even in the oil sector due to lower petroleum prices.
The Okanagan's highest unemployment rates always tend to follow Christmas as seasonal hiring stops, industries slow down and lay off workers, and people become despondent in their job searches.
The national jobless rate last month was 7.2 per cent, up from 6.9 per cent in November.
The provincial unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.6 per cent.