Edition: May 30, 2016
Infoline Highlights: Coverage for the week of May 23-27
Housing Starts - The number of housing starts in British Columbia’s urban areas (population of 10,000 and over) continued to oscillate in April, rising 14.4% (seasonally adjusted at annual rates) after falling 20.9% in March. This was the sixth consecutive month where rates of change reversed direction.
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Payment, Employment, and Earnings - Average weekly payroll earnings in British Columbia advanced 0.3% (seasonally adjusted, including overtime) in March, adding to a 0.9% rise in the previous month. Employees earned $917 weekly, on average, placing the province behind Alberta ($1,129), Newfoundland & Labrador ($1,008), Saskatchewan ($987) and Ontario ($971).
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- Agricultural Land Commission Work Environment Survey 2016
- Apprenticeship Student Outcomes (APPSO) Survey
- Baccalaureate Graduate Survey
- BC Hydro Workforce Profile Survey
- BC Labour Market Agreement Outcomes Survey
- BC Public Service Exit Survey
- Canada-BC Job Grant Outcomes Survey
- Diploma, Associate Degree, and Certificate Student Outcomes (DACSO) Survey
- FrontCounter BC Customer Satisfaction Survey
- Long Term Disability (LTD) Application Process Survey
- West Vancouver Police Department Work Environment Survey 2016
- The increase in housing starts in April was driven by strong growth in starts of row houses (+20.4%) and apartments (+23.7%), which more than offset declines in starts of single detached (-4.0%) and semi-detached (-18.4%) homes.
- In British Columbia, payroll earnings in the goods-producing industries grew to $1,156 (+0.7%) as the utilities (+8.2%), forestry, logging and support (2.8%), manufacturing (+1.6%) industries all recorded increases.