Employment Rate in Canada rises for September but BC remains unchanged

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Employment grew by 67,000 jobs in Canada last month according to Statistics Canada. The growth is a 0.4% increase.

The biggest increase was in part-time work. The unemployment rate did not change, it remained at 7.0%. In the third quarter of 2016, employment numbers were up by 62,000 which is a 0.3% increase. This followed very little change in the second quarter and a slight increase of 33,000 (+0.2%) in the first quarter.

Compared to 1 year ago, employment was up 139,000 (0.8%). Again, most of the gains came from part-time work.

In September, there were more people employed that are aged 55 and older. At the same time, there was minor changes in employment among both the 15-to-24 and 25-to-54 age groups.

Employment rose in Quebec, Alberta and New Brunswick. Statistics Canada says there was very little change in other provinces.

They say BC saw basically no change in employment numbers.

“In British Columbia, employment was essentially unchanged for the second consecutive month. At 5.7% in September, the unemployment rate remained the lowest among the provinces. On a year-over-year basis, employment in British Columbia increased by 62,000 or 2.6%, the fastest growth rate among the provinces.”

The jobs that rose in September were public administration, educational services, transportation and warehousing. Self-employment also saw a jump in September.

The jobs that saw a decline were health care and social assistance.