B.C.’s Unemployment numbers are down from 6.1 per cent in November to 5.8 per cent last month according to a Stats Canada report.
Central 1 Credit Union Chief Economist Helmut Pastrick says 2017 looks sunny for the province.
“Statistics Canada adjusts for this seasonal pattern,” says Pastrick, who explains it’s not a seasonal influx.
But with 17,000 more British Columbians employed in December, he says all of points to part time jobs in certain industries.
“Tourism for example, construction, agriculture.”
But he says this year looks good for B.C.
“The unemployment rate will probably decline further to somewhere around 5.5 per cent.”
Pastrick expect jobs to grow in the province by two percent in 2017.