According to the August Labour Force survey, BC’s workforce is continuing to pick up during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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BC continues to recover, add jobs during pandemic
Published 10:54 PDT, Fri September 4, 2020
Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021
BC’s safe restart plan enabled the creation of 15,300 jobs in August.
Of the new jobs, 87 per cent are full-time jobs according to the August Labour Force survey. There were major gains in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors, with more than 6,000 people finding work in each of those sectors.
In addition, BC has now recovered 246,900 jobs and total employment is at 94 per cent of the pre-pandemic level in February. And the province’s unemployment rate fell, for the third month in a row, to 10.7 per cent.
“We still have a long way to go as many British Columbians are still struggling,” said Jobs Minister Michelle Mungall. “I continue to be impressed by how resilient people in our province have been, both in responding to the virus and in supporting our businesses and workers. We are making progress together.”