BC Regional Jobless Numbers

The Northeast region of the province was one of only three in BC where the jobless rate was below 8 percent last month.

Still at 7.9 it was slightly above the provincial average, which fell from 8.1 in June to 7.8 percent in July. As reported earlier, that drop occurred despite the fact the provincial economy lost 11,500 full time jobs last month and that’s because 17,000 people left the work force.

BC Stats. says the lowest regional July unemployment rate was in Vancouver Island/Coast region, at 6.4 percent, largely due to Victoria’s rate of 6 .1 percent.

The other region below the provincial average was Mainland/Southwest at 7.4 percent.

At the other end of the scale was the Cariboo at 14.2 percent and the only other region in double digits was North Coast/Nechako at 10.5 percent.