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British Columbia adds 12,300 jobs in September 2021

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Ravid Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has released the following statement on the September 2021 Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada.

British Columbia led Canada’s economic recovery last month with 12,300 new jobs, according to the Labour Force Survey.

Since the onset of the pandemic, British Columbia has continued to lead all provinces in job recovery, with 101.5%. The province has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 5.9%.

Job Recovery Rates in British Columbia

Below are the Job Recovery Rates in British Columbia

  • Prince George had a 107.1% of job recovery rate.
  • Thompson-Okanagan at 106.8%.
  • The Cariboo at 104.6% 
  • Vancouver Island at 104.1%
  • The Kootenays at 102.3%
  • Lower Mainland at 102%
  • Vancouver at 101.3%
  • North Coast-Nechako at 100.7%

The government’s strong stewardship of the province’s economy is also evident in British Columbia’s average hourly wage of $30.74. When British Columbians first elected John Horgan in July 2017, employees were paid $25.41 an hour. Since then, the average hourly wage for British Columbia has increased by $5.33 an hour or 21%.

Struggle of Pandemic Continues

Though many people and businesses are still struggling with the impact of the pandemic, success so far is due in part to the 81% of eligible British Columbians who received the vaccine and are contributing to keeping our province safe and our economy growing.

During September, B.C.’s employment increased primarily due to women, who were disproportionally affected by this pandemic. Women’s job recovery rate stands at 101.7%.

Investing in Skills, Child Care and Affordable Housing

Investing in skills training, child care, and affordable housing will help more British Columbians achieve success, build long-term careers, and ensure businesses have the workers they need to thrive now and in the future.

Labour Force Survey figures show that Indigenous people’s job recovery rate reached 107.8% in September, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.

The labour market in British Columbia has grown as well, as more than 34,000 people moved to British Columbia over the past year, owing to their knowledge of the safety this province offers. This is the largest interprovincial migration to British Columbia in 28 years.

Source: StatsCan – Labour Force Survey September 2021 Minister’s Statement – BC Gov News Release

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