|At the close of 2012, British Columbia gained 600 new jobs in December and saw a drop in the unemployment rate to 6.5 per cent.Last month, the province gained 4,300 full-time positions. Regionally, Vancouver Island and Coast gained 3,300 positions, the Kootenays gained 800 positions, the North Coast and Nechako region gained 400 positions and the Northeast gained 300. Of BC’s main metropolitan areas, Kelowna reported a gain of 600 jobs and Victoria gained 1,500.
The construction sector continues to experience steady growth, showing strong gains of 14,800 jobs last month. Other areas of job growth include educational services (+12,000 jobs) and wholesale and retail trade (+6,900).
Since December 2011, BC has added 19,400 jobs as a result of a gain of 30,800 full-time positions combined with a loss of 11,400 part-time positions. With 19,400 job gains since December 2011, BC ranks fourth compared to other provinces, behind Quebec (+138,000 jobs), Ontario (+100,300 jobs) and Alberta (+31,800 jobs).