Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, has issued the following statement on the release of Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for September 2019:
“This month’s Labour Force Survey shows that the labour market in British Columbia is resilient, and we expect stable growth going forward. Over the past year, 33,400 jobs were created across the economy. Some industries that are performing well in particular are agriculture, business, buildings and other supports, and educational services. Average hourly wages are at $28.10 an hour, increasing by 5.1% since September 2018, and the unemployment rate is 4.8%.
“British Columbians are working hard, and our government is building an economy that works for everyone by investing in people. We recognize that some sectors in B.C. are experiencing pressures that are affecting jobs. We are steadfast in our support for those communities and we remain dedicated to assisting them.”