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

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WEST VANCOUVER – Friday’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, B.C. 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, B.C. added nearly 100,000 new jobs in the last year alone.

“While the global economy remains fragile and uncertain, British Columbia is still the leading economy in Canada,” said West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan. “While Friday’s job numbers are a continued step in the right direction, there is more work to do. Now more than ever we need to stick with our jobs plan, and not put B.C.’s economy in a tailspin with an unstable NDP-Green alliance.”

“B.C. has continued to lead the country with the nation’s lowest unemployment rate, continued job growth and importantly, opportunities for youth” said Jordan Sturdy, MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky. “While economic conditions are strong in West Vancouver-Sea to Sky, uncertainty around global trade, the forest industry, commodity cycles and the uncertain stability of the NDP-Green agreement is casting a shadow over B.C.’s future prospects.”

“Individuals and families on the North Shore told me at the doors during the election that jobs and the economy were a top concern,” said North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite. “Friday’s job numbers show that we are on the right track in B.C., but we have to maintain our competitive edge. That means keeping taxes low and sticking with our jobs plan and not putting B.C.’s economy at risk with the unsteady 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, B.C. 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.