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July Labour Force Survey shows more job gains

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 11:11 PDT, Fri August 7, 2020

Statistics Canada’s July Labour Force Survey shows that overall British Columbians are getting back to work.

There was a three per cent increase in employment from June to July, and a 14.5 per cent decrease in unemployment. BC has recovered about 58 per cent of jobs lost in March and April.

“This month saw significant job gains in some of the hardest hit sectors as more and more businesses reopen their doors,” said provincial Jobs Minister Michelle Mungall. “Total job losses since the start of the pandemic stand at 164,900. While our province’s unemployment rate fell by about two percentage points, it remains at 11.1 per cent.”

Across the country, employment levels continue to rise. Most gains are in part-time work, with a smaller increase in full-time work.

“British Columbians have made enormous sacrifices to keep our communities safe from COVID-19 so far. We all need to be careful to protect the progress we’ve made,” said Mungall.

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