B.C. adds 15300 jobs in August but growth slows amid recovery


The employment rate for men also stood at 96.6 per cent of its pre-pandemic rate, one per cent higher compared to that for women. That's down from 10.5 per cent in July.

Employment in natural resources took a tumble and lost 9,000 jobs last month - about 7,000 of those in Alberta.

It appears that Canada's labour market continues to rebound from its coronavirus-induced historic slump of March and April, as the unemployment rate falls to 10.2%. The figures could fluctuate because they are based on small statistical samples.

In April, at the height of the COVID-19 economic shutdown, 3.4 million Canadians who worked their usual hours had adjusted to public health restrictions by beginning to work from home.

As a result of the lockdown, the unemployment rate had more than doubled from 5.6 percent in February to a record high of 13.7 percent in May.

The new jobs bring the province's job total just over 94 per cent of the pre-pandemic numbers in February.

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Full-time employment is now nearly 6% away from pre-pandemic levels compared to the 3.9% shortfall in part-time work.

Gains in August were largely concentrated in full-time work, which had been lagging behind gains in part-time employment.

The survey results were gathered from August 9 to 15.

Many of these workers, who are employed in service sectors such as food and accommodation, had been laid off in the early stages of the pandemic and are now returning to work. In August, employment grew by 2.6 per cent, lower than 6.9 per cent in July and 15.4 per cent in June.

According to the latest Labour Force Survey released by Statistics Canada, the month of August saw employment improve by 1.4%, as approximately 246,000 more jobs were added. But accommodation and food services, by far the most affected by the restrictions, added only 500 jobs and remains down 15,300 positions compared to the same time a year ago.