British Columbia

Strong employment growth pushes British Columbia's employment rate to 32-year high

  • The employment rate in British Columbia reached a record high of 63.5% in 2007 as a result of 3.2% employment growth (+71,000), the second-fastest rate behind Alberta's. In 2007, British Columbia's employment rate was at its highest level in 32 years.

  • Employment growth in 2007 was largely driven by gains in construction, retail trade, and finance and insurance. In contrast to Ontario and Quebec, British Columbia's manufacturing industry enjoyed small gains; they were the industry's largest employment gains in the country.

  • From 2002 to 2007, British Columbia's unemployment rate fell by 4.3 percentage points to 4.2%, its lowest level in 32 years. It was tied with Saskatchewan for the second-lowest unemployment rate in Canada after Alberta's (3.5%).

Chart C.12
Employment rates in British Columbia, 1976 to 2007

Chart C.12 Employment rates in British Columbia, 1976 to 2007

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0002.

Date modified: