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Northeast B.C. added 1,300 jobs in November

Employment in Northeast B.C. grew by 1,300 jobs in November, pushing the regional unemployment rate down to 4.1%, according to the latest estimates from Statistics Canada.
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Installation of the working platform and formwork at the Cache Creek bridge for the Highway 29 realignment, August 2021.

Employment in Northeast B.C. grew by 1,300 jobs in November, pushing the regional unemployment rate down to 4.1%, according to the latest estimates from Statistics Canada.

There were 37,300 employed and 1,600 unemployed in the region in November, according to the labour force survey released Dec. 3. Month-over-month, the jobs count is up from October, when 36,000 were employed and 2,200 were unemployed.

Year-over-year, however, employment is down from last November, when 39,900 were employed. That’s due to a drop in the region’s estimated labour force, down from 41,900 last year to 38,800 last month, as well as a 6.3 percentage point drop in the labour participation rate, from 76.5% last year to 70.2% this year.

Unemployment at this time last year was posted at 4.8%, with 2,000 unemployed.

Unemployment in B.C., November 2021:

  • North Coast and Nechako - 7.1

  • Lower Mainland Southwest - 5.9

  • Cariboo - 5.5

  • Kootenay - 5.3

  • Vancouver Island and Coast - 4.4

  • Thompson-Okanagan - 4.3

  • Northeast - 4.1

B.C. added 4,600 jobs overall last month. Unemployment remained at 5.6% — no change from October.

The province saw big gains in jobs within health care (+8,300 jobs), professions associated with the tech sector (+7,900 jobs), and the hospitality sector (+5,600).

The biggest loss was felt in the construction industry (-9,500 jobs), which will likely see a bounce back in Statistics Canada’s next report as rebuilding efforts get underway on flood-affected regions of southern B.C.

Meanwhile, Canada added 154,000 jobs last month while the national unemployment rate dipped 0.7 percentage points to 6%. That’s within 0.3 percentage points of the country’s pre-pandemic unemployment rate in February 2020.

— with files from Business in Vancouver


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