Friday’s employment numbers were solid, with growth in full-time employment across the country.
But there was particular strength in Alberta’s bounce back with 20,000 new jobs and continued impressive numbers for B.C.
British Columbia led the country with 35,000 new jobs created in the first quarter, 3.5 per cent ahead of last year.
And the jobs were in the private sector and running at an impressive 5.9 per cent gain, with the jobless rate the lowest in the country at 5.4 per cent.
Although B.C.’s unemployment rate was up 3/10ths of a per cent in March, this is indicative of a strong, confident employment market as more people are now out looking for jobs in B.C.’s buoyant economy.
Meanwhile, on the markets Friday, after an overnight jolt on the news of the U.S. airstrikes into Syria, investors are treating the incursion as a non-event this morning.