B.C. adds 15,000 jobs in August

It’s always good to keep updated about job market trends and activity in the local business community. I find an excellent resource is the ‘Business In Vancouver’ paper or online at www.biv.com. This recent article below, on a positive change in job figures caught my eye. It also reflects one of the traditional cycles we see in recruitment, with a slow-down or decline in hiring over the summer months and then an increase again up until about the second week of December. Please review our job listings for new and exciting sales roles, locally in BC and across Canada.  

Employment rose by 15,000 jobs in B.C. in August, pushing the unemployment rate down 0.3 percentage points to 6.7%, according to Statistics Canada.

This came in sharp contrast to the 15,000 decrease in jobs seen in July.

Compared with 12 months earlier, employment increased 2.3% in the province, well above the national growth rate of 1.0%.

After a nationwide decline in July, employment rose by 34,000 in August, the result of an increase in part-time work. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.3%.

Nationally, in August, there was added employment in: transportation and warehousing; professional, scientific and technical services; business, building services and other support services; and natural resources.

At the same time, there were fewer people employed in construction, information, culture and recreation.

Written by: Jennifer Harrison