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

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[PRINCE GEORGE] — 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.

“B.C. continues to lead the country in employment and job creation – something that’s only possible because our government has made economic growth and a diversified economy a priority. We had a plan and stuck to it,” said Prince George-Valemount MLA and Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Shirley Bond. “There’s more work to do to ensure that British Columbia maintains its leadership role in the country and the current uncertainty will undoubtedly make this much more challenging.”

“With economic uncertainty all around us, I want northern families to know that I will fight for them and the jobs they depend on,” said Prince George-Mackenzie MLA and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris. “As someone who has spent the majority of my life and career in the North, I understand the need for effective representation in Victoria – and I will continue to be that voice.”

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.