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REPORTING · 9th March 2013
Terrace Daily News
Below are two news releases, one from each political party in the BC Legislature. Each take the numbers provided by this Statistics Canada Report on the employment numbers across Canada.

Each news release attempts to deceive the reader for their own political purpose. The facts are the numbers reveal an insignificant demonstrable change to make any respectable conclusion. Except for the claim by Premier Christy Clark and her Government that their much touted ‘Jobs Plan’ initiated two years ago has produced significant results as it obviously has not.

The words direct from the report which make this clear; “Following a decline the previous month, employment in British Columbia increased by 20,000 in February. As more people participated in the labour force, the unemployment rate remained at 6.3%. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment in the province was little changed.”

Latest jobs numbers show B.C. still struggling

While the latest job numbers offer a glimmer of hope, longer term numbers show British Columbia’s economy is still struggling, say the New Democrats.

“February saw some modest growth in jobs across the province, but since September 2011 we’re still down nearly 30,000 jobs in the private sector,” said New Democrat finance critic Bruce Ralston.

According to Statistics Canada numbers released Friday, British Columbia has shed nearly 30,000 private sector jobs since September 2011, the worst record in the country for the private sector. Job numbers overall have been stagnant over the same period.

Ralston said the Statistics Canada numbers show B.C. is third worst of all the provinces in terms of overall job creation since September 2011, when Premier Clark launched her jobs plan.

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

B.C. gained 19,800 jobs this month, with gains in both full-time and part-time employment. With an additional 20,200 people entering the labour force, the unemployment rate is unchanged at 6.3 per cent.

Compared to this time last year, employment is up by 4,700 in the Vancouver Island and Coast region; up by 15,400 in the Lower Mainland/Southwest; Kootenay by 3,300; and the Northeast by 400. Declines are recorded in the Thompson Okanagan, Cariboo and the North Coast Nechako regions.

The unemployment rate was down throughout the province by 0.7 per cent from February 2012, with Prince George reporting a drop of 2.9 percentage points and Kamloops by 3.3 percentage points.

B.C.'s average hourly wage rate of $24.26 in February was up by 2.1 per cent compared with February 2012. For B.C. youth under 25, the average hourly wage in February was $14.73, up by 6.2 per cent compared with February 2012.

Employment amongst youth (aged 15-24) increased in February by 3,600 jobs compared to January 2013. Women (over 24 years old) also fared well by adding 15,800 positions while men (over 24 years old) added 600 positions.

In February, strong gains were recorded in accommodation and food services (gained 6,100 jobs or +3.4 per cent), agriculture (gained 5,600 jobs or +21.1 per cent) and finance, insurance, real estate and leasing (gained 5,500 jobs or +4.0 per cent).

The biggest losses were felt in manufacturing (lost 7,000 jobs or -4.2 per cent), utilities (lost 2,200 jobs or -15.4 per cent), and professional, scientific and technical services (lost 1,400 jobs or -0.8 per cent).

Since February 2012, B.C. has added 15,400 jobs, as a result of a gain of 23,600 full-time positions combined with a loss of 8,100 part-time positions.


Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister
Responsible for Labour is quoted as stating; "There are many reasons to be confident about B.C.'s economy. We are bringing new dollars into the province through increased investment and more exports to trading partners in Asia and beyond. In turn, we're creating the opportunity for more jobs for hard-working British Columbians."

"It's also positive to see that today, on International Women's Day, we have nearly 16,000 more women in the workforce than we did this time last year." !!