Edition: April 9, 2014: Issue 14
Issue 14-14: Highlights
B.C.’s High Technology Sector in 2012 - The gross domestic product (GDP) of British Columbia’s high technology sector climbed 3.4% (chained 2007 dollars) in 2012, marking the third consecutive year of growth.
Labour Force - B.C.’s unemployment rate fell 0.6 percentage points to 5.8%—the lowest jobless rate recorded in more than five years.
The Economy - The value of B.C.’s commodity exports rose 3.6% (seasonally adjusted) in February as strong growth in shipments of energy products (+16.1%) and metal ores and non-metallic minerals (+29.6%) more than offset declines in other product groups, particularly forestry products (-5.8%).
Caregiving - In 2012, approximately 1,049,000 British Columbians provided care to a family member or friend with a long-term illness, disability, or age-related need.
The Nation - Canadian real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 0.5% (seasonally adjusted) in January, rebounding from a 0.5% slowdown in December.
Population - British Columbia’s population was estimated at 4,609,946 as of January 1, 2014, growing by only 3,571 persons in the fourth quarter of 2013 (+0.08%).
- Apprenticeship Student Outcomes (APPSO) Survey
- Baccalaureate Graduate Survey
- BC Hydro Workforce Profile Survey
- BC Labour Market Agreement Outcomes Survey
- BC Public Service Exit Survey
- BC Skills Connect for Immigrants Program (SCI) Evaluation Survey
- Developmental Student Outcomes (DEVSO) Survey
- Diploma, Associate Degree, and Certificate Student Outcomes (DACSO) Survey
- FrontCounter BC Customer Satisfaction Survey
- Harvest Questionnaire
- Legal Services Society of BC Work Environment Survey 2014
- Long Term Disability (LTD) Application Process Survey
You can read more about any of these by visiting our Current and Recent Surveys page.
- Jobless rate falls to a five-year low of 5.8% in March
- Exports up 3.6% in February
- Over a million British Columbians were providing care to a family member or friend in 2012
Did You Know
In 2014, only 55% of British Columbians have a current and legal will. Data Source: The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia