Edition: June 24, 2013: Issue 25
Issue 13-25: Highlights
Prices - The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in B.C. fell for the second month in a row in May (–0.6%). Res-taurant food prices continued to drop (–4.5%) following the return to the Provincial Sales Tax (PST). Following two months of declines, rising energy prices (+1.0%) served to partially offset price contractions in five major components of the CPI.
The Economy - Retailers in British Columbia saw receipts fall 0.7% (seasonally adjusted) lower in April, with five of the eleven sub-sectors recording slow-downs. The dip follows a 1.4% increase re-corded in March.
Tourism - Visitor entries to Canada via British Columbia fell 0.7% (seasonally adjusted) in April, mark-ing the third month of decline. Both same-day (–1.3%) and overnight (–1.1%) visits from the U.S. (–1.2%) were down, while visits from the rest of the world (+0.7%) rose due to increased traffic from Europe (+2.9%) following a three months of contraction.
Labour - There were 51,680 (seasonally adjusted) people receiving Employment Insurance (E.I.) benefits in British Columbia in April, down 2.8% from the previous month. The sharpest decline (–4.3%) was recorded in the group of beneficiaries aged 15 to 24 years old.
Drinking & Driving - Under British Columbia’s stricter drinking and driving laws, there were 2,890 alcohol-related criminal driving charges in the period between October 1st 2010 and September 30th 2011, down 68.2% compared to the same period of the previous year.
The Nation - Canadians purchased $2.8 billion in foreign securities in April, marking the third consecu-tive month of increases. April’s investment ac-tivity brought year-to-date cumulative transactions to a total of $3.8 billion.
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- Baccalaureate Graduate Survey
- BC Assessment Employee Engagement Survey 2013
- BC Labour Market Agreement Outcomes Survey
- BC Public Service Exit Survey
- BC Skills Connect for Immigrants Program (SCI) Evaluation Survey
- Commuity Living British Columbia (CLBC) Work Environment Survey 2013
- Developmental Student Outcomes (DEVSO) Survey
- Diploma, Associate Degree, and Certificate Student Outcomes (DACSO) Survey
- FrontCounter BC Customer Satisfaction Survey
- Healthy Eating Survey
- Long Term Disability (LTD) Application Process Survey
- Ministry of Environment Workplace Motivation Survey
- Rural Taxpayers Services Survey
- Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp) Work Environment Survey 2013
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- The Consumer Price Index in B.C. fell 0.6% in May
- Retail sales in B.C. contracted 0.7% in April
- The number of E.I. beneficiaries in B.C. fell 2.8% in April
Did You Know
Two out of ten British Columbian drivers say that they fully rely on a GPS to get them to their destination when embarking on a summer road trip. Source: Ipsos Canada
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- The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in B.C. fell for the second month in a row in May (-0.6%) - read CPI Highlights
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