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Key Economic Indicators

  British Columbia
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Alberta
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Saskatchewan
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Manitoba
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Canada
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Gross Domestic Product
Real GDP1  (2007 $billions, forecast) $225 $301 $60 $58 $1,726 2017

% ch. from year earlier

2.7% 4.3% 2.7% 2.8% 2.9%  
             

Labour Market

Employment (SA, thousands)

2,480 2,287 568 649 18,444 Aug-17

Change from previous month

-1.2 2.3 0.1 0.3 22.2  

% ch. from previous month

0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%  

% ch. from year earlier

3.9% 1.5% -0.2% 2.5% 2.1%  

 

           

Unemployment Rate (SA,%)

5.1% 8.1% 6.4% 4.9% 6.2% Aug-17

percentage points from previous month

-0.2 0.3 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1  

percentage points from year earlier

-0.4 -0.4 -0.1 -1.1 -0.8  

 

           

Regular EI beneficiaries (SA)

49,740 69,740 18,470 14,830 517,200 Jun-17

Change from previous month

-950 -2,410 -160 -140 -7,010  

% ch. from previous month

-1.9% -3.3% -0.9% -0.9% -1.3%  

% ch. from previous year

-4.6% -14.9% 7.8% -2.0% -6.8%  

 

           

Average weekly earnings

$944.56 $1,131.87 $1,001.53 $897.79 $973.52 Jun-17

Change from previous year

$16.96 $14.10 $11.79 $6.09 $17.04  

 

           

Prices

CPI (y/y)

1.9% 1.0% 0.8% 0.9% 1.2% Jul-17

CPI (y/y) previous month

1.7% 0.4% 0.5% 0.2% 1.0% Jun-17

 

           

Consumers and Business

Retail Sales (SA, $millions)

$7,156 $6,866 $1,641 $1,617 $48,992 Jun-17

% ch. from previous month

1.9% 1.0% -0.1% -3.4% 0.1%  

% ch. from previous year

12.4% 10.5% 1.0% 1.6% 7.3%  

 

           

Manufacturing Sales (SA, $millions)

$4,195 $5,946 $1,288 $1,578 $53,938 Jun-17

% ch. from previous month

0.9% -2.0% -1.9% 6.0% -1.8%  

% ch. from previous year

12.0% 12.9% 10.7% 11.9% 6.2%  

 

           

Building Permits (SA, $millions)

$1,409 $1,028 $147 $238 $7,922 Jul-17

% ch. from previous month

4.8% -6.5% -27.3% -26.4% -3.5%  

% ch. from previous year

35.5% -9.0% -13.9% 3.2% 12.4%  

 

           

Housing Starts (SAAR, thousands)

38 26 7 7 223 Aug-17

% ch. from previous month

-20.5% -21.6% 30.7% 45.7% 0.6%  

% ch. from previous year

4.9% 32.9% 9.6% 52.0% 21.5%  

 

           

International Trade

Merchandise Exports($millions)

$3,412 $7,648 $2,117 $1,045 $37,223 Jul-17

% ch. from previous month

-8.0% -6.5% -2.9% -14.2% -15.0%  

% ch. from previous year

-0.7% 23.8% 5.6% 0.6% 3.9%  

 

           

Merchandise Imports ($millions)

$4,493 $2,203 $946 $1,608 $44,146 Jul-17

% ch. from previous month

-2.0% -14.7% -12.6% -16.0% -14.2%  

% ch. from previous year

6.5% 17.0% 24.3% 9.0% 4.8%  

 

           

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: Summer 2017)

SA - Seasonally adjusted

SAAR - Seasonally adjusted at annual rates

Sources: Statistics Canada and Conference Board of Canada