Employment numbers: B.C. adds more than 33,000 jobs in October

B.C.'s unemployment rate now sits at 8 per cent, down from 8.4 in September.

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British Columbian led the country with 33,500 new jobs in October as the province continues its slow employment recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Statistics Canada’s monthly jobs report, B.C.’s unemployment rate now sits at 8 per cent, down from 8.4 in September.

The sectors with biggest jumps were health care and social assistance (8,400 new jobs), manufacturing (5,900 new jobs), information, culture and recreation (4,200 new jobs) and natural resources (3,900 new jobs).

Despite the gains, the province is still down 85,600 jobs compared to October 2019.

Nationally, Canada added 83,600 jobs in October and the unemployment rate dipped to 8.9 per cent. However, analysts had predicted a gain of 100,000 jobs and for the unemployment rate to fall to 8.8 per cent from 9 per cent in September.

Canada gained 378,000 jobs in September, including 54,800 jobs in B.C.

“This is the sixth consecutive month where we have seen significant job creation in B.C., bringing total employment to 97.6% of our pre-pandemic levels in February,” B.C. Premier John Horgan said in a statement. “This jobs report is another positive sign for our economy and the people of British Columbia. However, the numbers, while welcome, do not fully reflect the continuing serious hardship in some sectors of the economy. We know there is much more to do as some businesses are still struggling.”

In Metro Vancouver, which saw the biggest labour jump with 28,400 people returning to the workforce last month, the unemployment has fallen to 9.7 per cent from 11.1 per cent in September.

Victoria’s unemployment rate fell to 7.6 per cent, down from 9.1 per cent, while Kelowna’s sits at 6.2 per cent, down from 8 per cent. Meanwhile Abbotsford-Mission’s unemployment rate jumped to 8.6 per cent from 8 per cent in September.

With a Reuters file

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