B.C. the place to go for job seekers

Employment in British Columbia has reached an all-time record high, breaking the previous employment record set two years ago, Finance Minister Colin Hansen announced at the start of December.

“B.C.’s economy is continuing its recovery from the global downturn and employment has now exceeded pre-recession levels,” said Hansen. “Retail sales and exports are also showing growth compared to last year, but we remain mindful of ongoing instability across many sectors and international markets.”

According to the Labour Force Survey released today by Statistics Canada, B.C. created 4,300 jobs in November, resulting in a total of 2,326,100 people working in B.C. in November. B.C.’s employment is now 2,600 jobs above the all-time high of 2,323,500 jobs reached in July 2008, prior to the start of the global economic slowdown.

Year-to-date to November, B.C. has created 46,600 more jobs than the same period last year. Since December 2001, B.C. has added 307,000 full-time positions and 120,000 part-time positions.