Latest jobs numbers show B.C. still struggling

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VICTORIA – While the latest job numbers offer a glimmer of hope, longer term numbers show British Columbia’s economy is still struggling, say the New Democrats.

“February saw some modest growth in jobs across the province, but since September 2011 we’re still down nearly 30,000 jobs in the private sector,” said New Democrat finance critic Bruce Ralston.

According to Statistics Canada numbers released Friday, British Columbia has shed nearly 30,000 private sector jobs since September 2011, the worst record in the country for the private sector. Job numbers overall have been stagnant over the same period.

Ralston said the Statistics Canada numbers show B.C. is third worst of all the provinces in terms of overall job creation since September 2011, when Premier Clark launched her jobs plan.

Adrian Dix and B.C.’s New Democrats are offering change for the better, one practical step at a time.