Ken Peacock, chief economist at the Business Council of B.C. [BCBC], said the big surprise from the latest numbers was from job growth in industries that weren’t hard hit by the pandemic.
“The Business Council underestimated the kind of dynamism of expansion,” he told BIV.
But he added some pockets of weakness remain, most notably in gains made in part-time jobs compared with full-time positions.
The vast majority of the province’s gains last month — 25,700 jobs — were part-time compared with the addition of 7,800 full-time jobs.
Peacock suspects many of the gains in healthcare came from the hiring of part-time contact tracers.