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B.C. earnings slip in April

Following a strong March bump, average weekly earnings (AWE) posted a weak April showing in B.C. According to the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours, April wage earnings fell 1.1% from March to...

Retail in B.C. bucks countrywide trend

While Canadian retail sales fell 1.2% from March to April, led by declines in Ontario and Quebec, B.C. outperformed. B.C. growth of 1.1% was third-strongest among provinces, behind Saskatchewan and...

International immigration drives B.C. population gain

B.C. population growth remained solid during the first quarter despite continued sluggishness in net interprovincial migration. As of April 1, 2018, there were an estimated 4.86 million persons...

B.C.’s employment and housing cool off in May

B.C. employment softened in May, according to Statistics Canada’s latest Labour Force Survey estimates. Fewer full-time positions drove a 0.5%, or 12,000-person, dip in total employment from April,...

B.C. keeps cashing bigger weekly paycheques

In a sign that a tight labour market is lifting household incomes, average weekly earnings in B.C. jumped 0.4% from February to $962.44 in March, with year-over-year growth holding steady near 3%....

Canadian dollar helping B.C.’s 2018 tourist trade

2018 is shaping up to be another strong year for B.C.’s tourism sector. Propelled by a surge in U.S. visitors since August, international tourist inflows to the province remained elevated at a...

B.C. housing markets easing into balance

Weaker home sales continued through April but the slide in sales showed signs of moderating. B.C. Multiple Listing Service (MLS) sales fell for the fourth straight month in April to 6,590 seasonally...

B.C. employment stays flat in April

B.C. employment rose just 0.1% to 2.48 million during April. The slight increase follows three months of erosion and continues a flat performance since last summer. That said, B.C. still managed to...

Energy, mining boost B.C.’s goods exports

B.C. export momentum improved in March. Seasonally adjusted goods exports rose 12% from February to the highest level in a year, driven by a doubling of metal and non-metallic mineral sales, and a...

B.C.’s economic engine still humming along

Another week, another solid showing for B.C.’s economy. Average weekly earnings in B.C. edged higher from January by 0.1%, holding steady near $958 in February, according to Statistics Canada’s...