Edition: November 4-November 8, 2019
Infoline Highlights for the Week of November 4-8
Labour Force Statistics - The unemployment rate in British Columbia was 4.7% in October, down 0.1 percentage points from September but up half a percentage point from 12 months ago. Overall, the labour force grew (+14,000) and there were more jobs (15,300) in October. Both areas saw growth over the previous 12 months, with employment up by 50,000 and an additional 68,300 individuals joining the labour force.
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Exports - Through the first three quarters of 2019, there was a 5.6% decline in the value of B.C. origin exports compared to the same nine-month period a year earlier. Exports fell to most major destinations, including the United States (-6.2%), Japan (-11.8%), South Korea (-3.3%), the European Union (-5.5%) and Taiwan (-11.8%). There was a marginal increase in shipments to Mainland China (+0.2%), while exports to India bucked the overall trend, rising 13.0%.
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- Over the first three quarters of 2019, the share of total B.C. exports to the United States comprised of softwood lumber has declined from 18.2% in 2018 to 13.7% in 2019.
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- B.C.'s unemployment rate dipped slightly in September from the month before.
- The value of B.C.'s exports decreased in the first three quarters of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.