British Columbia

B.C. jobless rate bright spot in Canada

B.C. stands out across the country according to Statistics Canada's most recent look at joblessness, with the unemployment rate falling in this province to 5.6 per cent.

Statistics Canada says B.C. has the lowest unemployment rate in the country

Glen Paul in front of New Gold's New Afton Mine outside Kamloops is the kind of worker B.C. is looking for. Skilled workers are in demand, with experts predicting he province will see a shortage of trades people over the next ten years. (Murray Mitchell/The Canadian Press)

B.C. stands out according to Statistics Canada's most recent look at joblessness, with the unemployment rate in this province falling to 5.6 per cent.

The province has the lowest unemployment rate — and the strongest growth rate — in the country, according to the data.

The rate fell last month three-tenths of a percentage point, while in other provinces it climbed.

About 12,000 people found jobs in B.C. in July this year.

Over the past year a total of 85,000 jobs were added to the economy.

While B.C.'s rate falls, national numbers show a different story — the unemployment rate nationally rose to 6.9 per cent last month, blamed in part on 36,000 jobs lost in Ontario alone.

The number of Canadians in full-time jobs also dropped, along with the number of young employed Canadians.

Canadian cities by unemployment rate:

  • St. John's, N.L. 6.7 per cent (6.8)
  • Halifax 5.4 (5.6)
  • Saint John, N.B. 7.3 (7.9)
  • Montreal 7.8 (7.8)
  • Ottawa 6.3 (6.7)
  • Toronto 6.4 (6.7)
  • Sudbury, Ont. 8.1 (8.4)
  • Winnipeg 6.4 (6.3)
  • Regina 5.5 (5.6)
  • Saskatoon 6.1 (6.6)
  • Calgary 8.6 (8.3)
  • Edmonton 7.7 (7.0)
  • Kelowna, B.C. 7.4 (7.5)
  • Abbotsford, B.C. 6.3 (6.9)
  • Vancouver 5.5 (5.4)
  • Victoria 4.7 (5.3)