Statistics show more people working in the northwest

More people were working in the northwest in January than the month before, indicate figures from Statistics Canada.

  • Mar. 11, 2011 6:00 a.m.


More people were working in the northwest in January than the month before, indicate figures from Statistics Canada.

The January 2011 tally was 42,000 people, a slight jump over the 41,200 in December 2010.

But more people were looking for work in January as well, a factor that increased the jobless rate from 7 per cent in December 2010 to 7.5 per cent in January.

The number of people who declared themselves as part of the workforce, whether employed or not, was 45,400 in January compared to 44,300 the month before.

The climb in the number of people working continues a trend that began last fall in the area from Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands) to just this side of Vanderhoof.

The January 2010 jobless rate was 10.7 per cent with only 39,300 people listing themselves as working. In that month, 4,700 people also listed themselves as unemployed, a figure that declined to 3,400 this past January.

These statistics are derived from interviews by Statistics Canada of people over the age of 15 who consider themselves part of the workforce whether they are working or not. They are not taken from Employment Insurance figures.

January’s 7.5 per cent regional jobless rate was tied with the provincial rate and only three other regions in BC – Vancouver Island and Coast, the lower mainland and the Cariboo – had lower rates.

The region once had the worst jobless rate in BC approaching the 14 per cent range.

In British Columbia, employment edged down in January and the unemployment rate increased over December.



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: Northern Health assuring public it has declared no public exposure events or outbreaks

As of Sept. 17, there are 241 cases in the Northern Health Authority region

Single-engine aircraft crashes near Telkwa

Two occupants of the plane sustained minor injuries and were transported to hospital

Cullen announces bid for provincial NDP nomination for Stikine riding

Current MLA Donaldson not seeking re-election

Anne Marie Sam seeks NDP nomination for Nechako Lakes riding

She also ran in 2017 but was defeated by BC Liberal John Rustad

Northern Health records 1st fatality due to COVID-19

Six people died from the novel coronavirus on the weekend, health officials confirm

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

Most Read