B.C.’s overall unemployment rate increased throughout the province in July by 0.4 percentage points, from 6.3 per cent to 6.7 per cent, experiencing a net jobs decline of 11,700. Part-time employment decreased by 17,800 positions, which was partially offset by a gain in full-time employment of 6,100 positions.
Gains were recorded in the goods-producing sector, which saw an increase in employment of 2,200 jobs, driven by increases of 9,500 jobs in construction and 1,700 jobs in the agriculture industry.
The biggest job losses were in the trade sector, which lost 15,300 positions; the public administration sector, which lost 5,700 jobs; and education services, which lost 4,900 jobs.
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Shirley Bond stated that despite the job losses, the province is still better off than it was a year ago.