Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, has issued the following statement on the release of Statistics Canada's February Labour Force Survey:
“British Columbia maintains the strongest economy in the country, and we’re committed to continue working hard and putting people first.
“Unemployment remained low at a rate of 4.5%. In fact, B.C. has led the country with the lowest unemployment rate for 19 months in a row. An additional 69,200 jobs were added in the past year — the vast majority being full time and in the private sector.
“Good jobs with good wages mean that British Columbians, their families and communities are benefiting from our strong economy.
“To support economic growth in B.C. over the long term, our government is making historic investments in this year’s balanced budget to create more opportunities for people. Our investments in infrastructure and services will generate tens of thousands of good jobs.
“On International Women’s Day, we are especially encouraged to see that employment for women in B.C. has increased by 2.9% in the past year. We will continue to make sure that women can participate in our strong economy with investments in child care and training.
“Our economy is strengthened when we share the benefits of growth with all British Columbians. That’s why we’re building the foundation for a province in which everyone – and our economy – can thrive.”