B.C. unemployment rate best in Canada

By The Canadian Press
July 7, 2017 - 6:06am Updated: July 7, 2017 - 6:39am

OTTAWA — B.C.'s unemployment rate continues to be the best in the country.

Figures from Statistics Canada this morning show the B.C. rate went down half a point to 5.1 percent in June, down from 5.6 percent in May. 

Across the country, the national rate was 6.5 percent, down a tenth of a point. 

The labor market beat expectations last month by adding 45,300 positions. 

The vast majority of new jobs in June were in part-time work, but the number of full time positions also increased.

The increase adds to a series of positive job-market gains since the middle of 2016, and comes amid widespread expectations that the Bank of Canada will hike its benchmark interest rate next week. 

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