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British Columbia Employment Trends

The unemployment rate in British Columbia was 5.1% as of April 2022, up 0.1% from the previous month. The unemployment rate stood 7.5% below the peak from June 2020 and is below the long-run average.

There were 10,300 more full-time jobs in April 2022 compared to a month earlier. A loss of 500 part-time positions led to an increase of 9,800 total jobs in April.

Full-time employment has recovered since bottoming out in June 2020 and now stands at a record high.

The number of full-time jobs in April was up from the previous month in transportation & warehousing, business & building services, education, information & cultural services, and accommodation & food services.

Full-time job losses in April occurred in utilities, healthcare, and public administration.

* All figures are seasonally adjusted, 3-month moving averages. Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal fluctuations.