Northeast B.C. adds 1,800 jobs in July

Employment in northeast B.C. rebounded by 1,800 jobs in July, pushing regional unemployment back below 10%.

Last month there were 35,400 employed and 3,700 unemployed, according to Statistics Canada estimates released Aug. 7. The unemployment rate is at 9.5%.

The gains were made as businesses continue their economic restart amid the coronavirus pandemic. Between March and June, employment in the northeast dropped by 5,400 jobs.

At this time last year, there were 39,200 employed and 2,000 unemployed, with unemployment reported at 4.9%.

Provincially, B.C. added 70,200 jobs in July, with unemployment down to 11.1%.

Canada as a whole added 418,500 jobs, while the national unemployment rate declined to 10.9%.

The vast majority of the jobs added across B.C. were part-time positions, which accounted for 48,500 of the jobs gained compared with 21,7000 full-time jobs added.

By industry, retail/wholesale witnessed the largest surge, adding 24,200 positions last month.

Food services and accommodation followed closely behind with 24,100 jobs added.

Another tourism-related category — the information, culture and recreation sector — added 9,000 jobs, while the manufacturing sector added 7,300 jobs and construction added 5,000 jobs.

Educational services, meanwhile, shed 7,300 jobs.

And while frontline workers have been top of mind for many British Columbians, the health care and social assistance category saw 2,400 jobs evaporate last month.

Professional, scientific and technical services experienced a decline of 2,300 jobs and the agriculture sector shed 1,800 jobs

The forestry, fishing, mining, and oil and gas sector lost 600 jobs.

Employment in the northeast was recorded at 39,000 in March, when pandemic and economic lockdown restrictions began.

The region saw 2,500 job losses in April, another 2,200 in May, and 700 in June.

— with a report from Tyler Orton in Vancouver

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