Edition: May 14, 2018
Infoline Highlights: Coverage for the week of May 7 - May 11
Labour Force Statistics - The unemployment rate in British Columbia was 5.0% in April, up from 4.7% in March, but below the 5.4% from 12 months ago. The size of both the labour force (+11,000) and the number of employed (+2,900) grew since March. Compared to 12 months ago, job growth (+23,000) has outpaced the growth in the labour force (+13,900).
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Price of New Housing - The cost of new housing in B.C. went up 0.1% between February and March. Prices in Vancouver and Kelowna remained unchanged compared to the previous month, while prices in Victoria rose by 1.2%.
Relative to the same month of 2017, the cost of new housing in B.C. continued to climb in March, rising by 7.4%, the largest increase among provinces.
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Housing Starts - Housing starts in urban areas (areas with population of at least 10,000) in British Columbia fell by 16.7% (seasonally adjusted at annual rates) in April compared to March, the third largest decrease among provinces. The decrease was due to declines in apartment and row units, while single-detached and semi-detached units saw gains in the month.
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- BC Apprenticeship Discontinuers Survey
- BC Assessment Employee Engagement Pulse Survey
- BC Hydro Workforce Profile Survey
- BC Public Service Exit 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
- New Job Survey
- School District #62 (Sooke) Work Environment Survey
- Social Development and Poverty Reduction (SDPR) LMAPD Monthly Survey
- Survey on Skills, Competencies and Characteristics for Future Workforce
You can read more about any of these by visiting our Current and Recent Surveys page.
Did You Know
People in B.C. are tied with Albertans as the most likely to have personally experienced depression or anxiety (46%) in Canada, although less than half of those (48%) have sought treatment for this issue from a doctor. Depression and anxiety issues costs the Canadian economy almost $50 billion a year in lost gross domestic product.
- Unemployment in B.C. was down in April from 12 months before.
- B.C.'s price of new housing was up slightly in March from February.
- Housing starts in B.C. dropped between March and April.