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Minister’s statement on BC’s continued strong economic growth

Friday, October 5 ~ BC.

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, has issued the following statement on the release of the Statistics Canada September Labour Force Survey:

“The latest results show that British Columbia’s economy is working for people, with BC continuing to be a leader in Canada in wage growth. Strong increases in full-time jobs in both the private and public sectors, and higher wages, mean that people are finding good family-supporting jobs in their communities.”

“In September 2018, BC added 35,800 private-sector jobs. BC had the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for the 13th month in a row and the lowest youth unemployment rate. This shows that BC’s economy is working for people of all ages.”

“Maintaining this strong performance will require continued work. Our government remains committed to training, creating new opportunities and ensuring everyone benefits. British Columbians are working hard and finally seeing the benefits of our strong economic growth.”

Highlights of the September 2018 Labour Force Survey:

  • Employment increased in Ontario and British Columbia while it was little changed in the remaining provinces.
  • More people worked in construction; finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing; public administration; and
  • Employment fell in information, culture and recreation; and business, building and other support services.
  • Employment increased for private sector employees while the number of public sector employees was little
    changed. The number of self-employed workers decreased.
  • Employment increased for the core age population (aged 25 to 54) and held steady for the other demographic