British Columbia’s unemployment rate dropped in July from 13 per cent to 11.1 per cent.
New numbers from Statistics Canada on Friday show 70,200 new jobs were created in B.C. from June to July, the bulk of which were in service and producing industries.
Those industries accounted for 60,800 new jobs, including 24,100 in accommodation and food services and 24,200 in wholesale and retail.
Unemployment hit a high of 13.4 per cent in May.
The restaurant and tourism sector have been especially hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic because of massive travel restrictions and physical-distancing guidelines.
The hardest hit group has been people ages 15 to 24, where the unemployment rate hit 29.1 per cent in June, then slid to 24.1 per cent in July.
In Metro Vancouver, the jobless rate decreased from 14.2 per cent in June to 11.6 per cent last month.
About three weeks ago, Finance Minister Carole James gave the public its first look at the state of provincial coffers since the start of the pandemic.
She revealed an expected deficit of $12.5 billion, mostly due to massive reductions in retail sales, corporate profits, and tax revenues.
Since July 2019, the province has seen a net loss of 192,200 jobs.View link »