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Key Economic Indicators

  British Columbia
British  Columbia
Alberta
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Manitoba
Canada
Canada
Last Update
 
Gross Domestic Product
Real GDP1  (2007 $billions, forecast)

$224

$298

$60

$57

$1,716

2017

% ch. from year earlier

2.5%

3.3%

2.5%

2.1%

2.3%

 
 
Labour Market
Employment (SA, thousands)

2,481

2,284

568

649

18,422

Jul-17

Change from previous month

-5.1

-14.4

-0.4

4.8

10.9

 
% ch. from previous month

-0.2%

-0.6%

-0.1%

0.7%

0.1%

 
% ch. from year earlier

3.6%

1.5%

-0.2%

2.1%

2.1%

 
 
Unemployment Rate (SA,%)

5.3%

7.8%

6.6%

5.%

6.3%

Jul-17

percentage points from previous month

0.2

0.4

0.1

-0.3

-0.2

 
percentage points from year earlier

-0.3

-0.8

0.3

-1.3

-0.7

 
 
Regular EI beneficiaries (SA)

50,910

71,950

18,760

14,990

525,250

May-17

Change from previous month

-1850

-5,550

-50

-190

-12,760

 
% ch. from previous month

-3.5%

-7.2%

-0.3%

-1.3%

-2.4%

 
% ch. from previous year

-5.1%

-11.1%

11.9%

-2.1%

-4.9%

 
 
Average weekly earnings

$939.99

$1,120.19

$1,004.59

$915.20

$972.41

May-17

Change from previous year

$22.51

$18.68

$19.97

$27.79

$18.92

 
 
Prices
CPI (y/y)

1.7%

0.4%

0.5%

0.2%

1.0%

Jun-17

CPI (y/y) previous month

1.9%

1.2%

0.9%

1.0%

1.3%

May-17

 
Consumers and Business
Retail Sales (SA, $millions)

$7,003

$6,812

$1,658

$1,696

$48,905

May-17

% ch. from previous month

2.6%

1.6%

0.9%

0.8%

0.6%

 
% ch. from previous year

9.9%

9.0%

4.7%

6.2%

7.3%

 
 
Manufacturing Sales (SA, $millions)

$4,067

$6,089

$1,256

$1,465

$54,593

May-17

% ch. from previous month

1.8%

1.3%

-0.3%

0.3%

1.1%

 
% ch. from previous year

8.2%

18.4%

8.9%

4.8%

8.7%

 
 
Building Permits (SA, $millions)

$1,311

$1,087

$205

$319

$8,062

Jun-17

% ch. from previous month

2.5%

-8.0%

21.7%

40.4%

2.5%

 
% ch. from previous year

28.5%

9.7%

-10.3%

64.5%

22.5%

 
 
Housing Starts (SAAR, thousands)

48

34

6

5

222

Jul-17

% ch. from previous month

17.6%

8.1%

6.1%

-26.4%

4.4%

 
% ch. from previous year

20.0%

30.9%

-5.2%

-34.0%

13.6%

 
 
International Trade
Merchandise Exports ($millions)

$3,750

$8,169

$2,181

$1,219

$43,794

Jun-17

% ch. from previous month

-2.8%

-8.4%

-17.0%

-3.5%

-4.1%

 
% ch. from previous year

27.1%

31.1%

7.4%

11.5%

13.6%

 
 
Merchandise Imports ($millions)

$4,554

$2,576

$1,076

$1,906

$50,969

Jun-17

% ch. from previous month

-0.7%

3.3%

7.9%

-2.6%

0.2%

 
% ch. from previous year

9.1%

25.0%

44.3%

9.5%

10.0%

 
 
Demographics
Population (estimate)

4,789,221

4,291,980

1,161,365

1,332,629

36,591,241

Q2 2017

% ch. from previous year

1.3%

1.4%

1.4%

1.6%

1.2%

 
Largest Cities (CMAs)

Vancouver
(2,548,740)

Calgary
(1,469,341)

Saskatoon
 (315,150)

Winnipeg*
 (811,874)

 

2016

 

Victoria*
 (370,899)

Edmonton*
 (1,392,594)

Regina*
(247,224)

     

* Provincial Capital

[1] Real GDP at basic prices, forecast (Conference Board of Canada Provincial Executive Summary: Spring 2017)

SA - Seasonally adjusted

SAAR - Seasonally adjusted at annual rates

Sources: Statistics Canada and Conference Board of Canada