RAVI Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, on Friday said that the Labour Force Survey for October solidifies B.C.’s position as leading Canada’s economic recovery with another 10,400 jobs added throughout the province last month.
He added: “The BC Vaccine Card has created stability in our economy, allowing businesses to remain open, while reassuring British Columbians as we gradually return to normal.
“B.C. has the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country at 5.6%, and we continue to lead all provinces with a job recovery rate of 101.9%. There are now 51,000 more British Columbians employed than at the start of the pandemic – that’s a direct result of people, businesses and communities working together to get through these tough times.”
Kahlon said: “However, the effects of the pandemic will continue to be felt for many months. As we have done since the beginning of this pandemic, our government will be there to support people and businesses as we build a strong recovery for everyone.”
The job recovery rate regionally continues to be strong, led by the Thompson-Okanagan at 107.6%. Other notable job-recovery rates are Prince George at 107.1%, Vancouver Island at 105.8%, Cariboo at 105%, Kootenays at 100.3%, Lower Mainland at 101.9%, Vancouver at 101.4% and North Coast-Nechako at 100%.
Kahlon said: “As we have said for some time, this pandemic has shown us that we may all be in the same storm, but in different boats. Our government remains committed to lifting people disproportionately affected by the pandemic. That’s why I am pleased to see that employment among B.C.’s Indigenous population is 10.6% above pre-pandemic levels and the unemployment rate for people of colour continues to decline – now sitting 1.5 percentage points lower than the national average.
“These positive results tell us that our stable, inclusive approach to dealing with the pandemic is working. By providing more supports per capita for people and businesses than any other province, workers and business owners are confident about our vision for the future, which doesn’t leave anyone behind.”
Kahlon added: “As we head into in the holiday season – including Diwali currently being celebrated – I urge everyone to shop local and support our B.C. businesses.
“As we all know, a healthy economy is dependent on a healthy B.C., so please do your part and get vaccinated, so we can come together safely and hold our celebrations as we’re accustomed.”