Edition: June 3-7, 2019
Infoline Highlights: Coverage for the week of June 3-7
Labour Force Statistics - The unemployment rate in British Columbia (for those aged 15 years and over) was 4.3% in May, down 0.3 percentage points from April and down 0.5 percentage points from 12 months ago. Both the labour force (+10,200) and the number of jobs (+16,800) increased from April.
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Exports - Through the first four months of 2019, B.C. origin exports dipped 1.4% compared to the same four-month period a year earlier. This is despite the fact that exports increased to B.C.’s two largest markets, the United States (+1.3%) and Mainland China (+6.7%). There was a substantial decline in shipments to a number of Asian destinations, including Japan (‑21.1%), South Korea (-17.1%), and Hong Kong (‑31.1%).
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Industrial Product Price Index -Canadian manufacturers’ prices were somewhat higher (+1.8%) this April than in the same month of 2018. A 3.2% year-over-year jump in the price of motorized and recreational vehicles was the largest contributor to the overall increase, and price boosts for meat, fish and dairy products (+5.9%) also exerted upward pressure.
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- B.C.’s exports of unwrought aluminum, which were starting to trend down in the face of U.S. tariffs, could turn around as those tariffs have been lifted.
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- BC Council on Admissions & Transfer Survey of Mobile Students
- BC Hydro Workforce Profile Survey
- BC Public Service Exit Survey
- BC Public Service New Job Survey
- BC Student Outcomes Survey of Apprenticeship and Trades Training Students
- BC Student Outcomes Survey of Diploma, Associate Degree and Certificate Students
- Canada-BC Job Grant Outcomes Survey
- FrontCounter BC Customer Satisfaction Survey
- Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities Outcomes Survey
- Long Term Disability (LTD) Application Process Survey
- WES Pulse Check
- Workforce Development Agreement Outcomes
- Workforce Development Agreement Employer Outcomes
You can read more about any of these by visiting our Current and Recent Surveys page.
Did You Know
2018 was the worst forest fire season for B.C. on record, with 1.35 million hectares of forests burned, at a cost of $615 million for fire management and suppression operations alone. The tally of evacuation and property loss costs, as well as the impact on the agriculture, tourism, construction and forestry industries, is still outstanding.Source: Statistics Canada
- B.C.'s unemployment rate dropped in May over the month before.
- B.C.'s exports dipped in April from the same period a year before.
- B.C.'s Industrial Product Price Index rose slightly in April from April 2018.