NDP talks up B.C.’s strong economy

Bruce Ralston

BRUCE Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, reacting to the release of the October 2018 Labour Force Survey, pointed out on Friday that after over a decade of stagnation in wage growth, people are now seeing the benefits of B.C.’s strong economy.

British Columbia had the third-highest growth among the provinces, and B.C. has been in the top two for wage growth for 11 of the past 12 months.

Ralston said: “Strong job growth, low unemployment and good wages support a better quality of life for all British Columbians.

“For the 14th month in a row, B.C. had the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 4.1%. In the past year, employment in the province increased by 48,000, the vast majority in full-time jobs in the private sector.

“We are not taking B.C.’s economic growth for granted. We will continue to work with British Columbians to build a strong, sustainable economy that works better for more people.”