Resource industry job numbers encouraging

B.C.'s primary industries added jobs in September with an increase of 8,400 jobs

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour

VICTORIA – B.C.’s primary industries added jobs in September with an increase of 8,400 jobs in forestry, fishing, mining and gas extraction, and 4,200 jobs in construction.

Overall, B.C. gained 2,900 full-time jobs in September. This gain was off-set by a decrease of 8,200 part-time jobs, resulting in an overall loss of 5,400 jobs.

Compared to last month, there has been an increase of 12,800 private-sector jobs. Private-sector gains have also been strong over the last five months. Since April of this year, private-sector employment is up 48,900 jobs.

The unemployment rate is now at 6.7 per cent, a slight increase of 0.1 per cent but still below the national average of 6.9 per cent. In fact, all regional unemployment rates are 7.1 per cent or lower across the province – compared with a year ago when the peak regional rate was 10.5 per cent.

Regionally, since September of last year, employment is up by 6,200 jobs in the Vancouver Island and Coast region; up 5,900 jobs in the Kootenay region; and up 2,900 jobs in the North Coast and Nechako region. Employment is down by 8,100 jobs in the Lower Mainland/Southwest.

The youth (aged 15-24) unemployment rate is down to 11.4 per cent in September from 13.1 per cent in August.

 

In addition, the average hourly wage for youth was up by 4.7 per cent in September. The average hourly wage rate for B.C. in September was also up by 2.5 per cent compared with September 2012.

 

 

Just Posted

Back in Time

Historical Perspective

Clearwater RCMP calls see slight decrease

Calls to the RCMP last year came in at 1,931 with 2017’s total calls for service coming in at 1,980

Clearwater band donates album proceeds to charity

Cal’s Cool Cats record first CD A Backward Glance

Woman killed in head-on crash near Vanderhoof

RCMP say driver crossed the centre line and hit a loaded fuel tanker truck

‘Tripod’ delays access to Unist’ot’en camp

Social media rumours of cultural significance quashed, meaning police “exclusion zones” should end.

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Chiasson nets shootout winner as Oilers edge Canucks 3-2

Edmonton moves one point ahead of Vancouver

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Truck hauling compressed gas for ‘virtual pipeline’ crashes on B.C. highway

Driver charged and highway closed for nine hours - containers did not rupture

Most Read