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Jobs numbers up, where should you be looking?

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – BC’s unemployment rate fell last month, so which sectors may give job seekers more luck?

It’s no surprise, Jobs Minister Shirley Bond is using the postive numbers as a way to promote LNG and because of that she says the industries with the biggest demand right now are trades and technology.

“We also saw some employment gains in health care and social assistance. There are lots of opportunities for young people but we also have to recognize that our unemployment rate is down this month to 5.8 per cent, but there is still room for growth.”

Bond says she treats the numbers cautiously, and wouldn’t say if she was confident the trend would continue. “What was really important for me was we saw growth in private sector jobs. We are absolutely focused on ensuring British Columbia is a place where investors want to come [and] where they want to create jobs in the province.”

She adds the other areas with the strongest gains in March were in transportation, forestry and mining.

Most of the new jobs went to young workers between the ages of 15 and 24, according to Statistics Canada.

In BC, 18,000 jobs were created last month and all the hiring pushed the national unemployment rate down one-tenth of a point to 6.9 per cent.