Edition: October 15, 2013: Issue 41
Issue 13-41: Highlights
Labour Force - In September, employment in B.C. decreased by 5,400 (seasonally adjusted), while the labour force shrank by 3,000 people, pushing the unemployment rate up 0.1 percentage points to 6.7%.
The Economy - The value of British Columbia’s commodity exports rose 4.6% (seasonally adjusted) in August, driven largely by strong growth in shipments of metal ores and non-metallic minerals (+32.1%), energy products (+5.9%), and forestry products and building and packaging materials (+3.2%).
Transportation Safety - In 2012, there were 21 main-track derailments reported to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) in British Columbia, down from 24 reported derailments in 2011.
Adult Competencies - Overall, 8.1% of British Columbians surveyed performed at the highest level (Level 3) in completing complex multi-step tasks in unfamiliar environments.
- Apprenticeship Student Outcomes (APPSO) Survey
- Baccalaureate Graduate Survey
- BC Hydro Workforce Profile Survey
- BC Labour Market Agreement Outcomes Survey
- BC Public Service Exit Survey
- BC Public Servive Work Environment Survey 2013
- BC Transit Work Environment Survey 2013
- Developmental Student Outcomes (DEVSO) Survey
- Diploma, Associate Degree, and Certificate Student Outcomes (DACSO) Survey
- FrontCounter BC Customer Satisfaction Survey
- Liquor Distribution Branch Work Environment Survey 2013
- Long Term Disability (LTD) Application Process Survey
- Multi-Topic Questionnaire 2013
- 360° Tool
- Voter List Quality Study
- Wildfire Management Branch - 2013 Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey
You can read more about any of these by visiting our Current and Recent Surveys page.
- British Columbia’s unemployment rate inches up to 6.7% in September.
- B.C. commodity exports up 4.6% in August
- British Columbia bucks national trend as building permits advance 2.9% in August
Did You Know
British Columbia farmers produced nearly a third (37,330 tonnes) of Canada’s total cranberry production (126,963 tonnes) in 2012. Quebec (81,600 tonnes) is the country’s largest cranberry producer. Data Source: Statistics Canada
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- Through the first eight months of 2013, softwood lumber regained status as B.C.’s top export, surpassing coal.
- Approximately one-fifth (21%) of Canadian counterfeit cash was passed in B.C. (Source: RCMP)
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