Stable plan for economic growth and opportunity continues to get results for British Columbians


[WILLIAMS LAKE]  – Today’s job numbers from Statistics Canada confirm that the BC Liberal Government’s Jobs Plan continues to work for British Columbians, with one of Canada’s lowest unemployment rates and continued job creation.

The new numbers show that under the BC Jobs Plan, BC added over 12,000 new jobs last month alone, continues to have one of Canada’s lowest overall unemployment rates at 5.6% and Canada’s lowest youth unemployment rate at 9.7%. Under the continued stability of the BC Jobs Plan, BC added nearly 100,000 new jobs in the last year alone.

“In an uncertain global economy, I want families in the Cariboo to know that we have their back,” said Donna Barnett, MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin. “While today’s job numbers are promising, there is more work to do. Now more than ever we need to stick with our jobs plan, and not put BC’s economy at risk with an unstable NDP-Green alliance.”

Last year under the BC Liberal Government’s plan, the province set a new record for employment levels in 2016 with nearly 2.5 million British Columbians working, and has added a total of over 250,000 new jobs since we launched the BC Jobs Plan. Since the launch of the BC Jobs Plan, BC is first in the nation in job creation, first in the nation in youth job creation, and first in the nation in the reduction of our unemployment rate and youth unemployment rate.