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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) $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) 2,473 2,279 568 644 18,454 Sep-17
Change from previous month -6.7 -7.8 0.0 -5.5 10  
% ch. from previous month -0.3% -0.3% 0.0% -0.8% 0.1%  
% ch. from year earlier 3.6% 0.6% -0.2% 1.9% 1.8%  
 
Unemployment Rate (SA,%) 4.9% 7.9% 6.2% 5.5% 6.2% Sep-17
percentage points from previous month -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 0.6 0  
percentage points from year earlier -0.7 -0.8 -0.7 -0.9 -0.8  
 
Regular EI beneficiaries (SA) 50,980 71,460 18,140 17,450 536,550 Jul-17
Change from previous month 740 130 -550 1,840 6,750  
% ch. from previous month 1.5% 0.2% -2.9% 11.8% 1.3%  
% ch. from previous year -8.8% -33.5% -14.1% 13.1% -8.7%  
 
Average weekly earnings $941.26 $1,125.07 $1,003.02 $909.02 $970.47 Jul-17
Change from previous year $29.72 $1.14 $18.29 $23.23 $17.45  
 
Prices
CPI (y/y) 2.0% 1.1% 1.7% 0.9% 1.4% Aug-17
CPI (y/y) previous month 1.9% 1.0% 0.8% 0.9% 1.2% Jul-17
 
Consumers and Business
Retail Sales (SA, $millions) $7,199 $6,763 $1,660 $1,633 $49,130 Jul-17
% ch. from previous month 0.7% -0.6% 1.3% 0.2% 0.4%  
% ch. from previous year 12.3% 9.5% 5.9% 3.7% 7.8%  
 
Manufacturing Sales (SA, $millions) $4,186 $5,765 $1,267 $1,539 $52,511 Jul-17
% ch. from previous month -1.6% -3.4% 1.2% -2.4% -2.6%  
% ch. from previous year 7.0% 9.7% 13.5% 11.9% 3.4%  
 
Building Permits (SA, $millions) $1,245 $1,102 $184 $193 $7,543 Aug-17
% ch. from previous month -9.9% 6.2% 24.4% -18.8% -5.5%  
% ch. from previous year 5.7% 0.7% 17.5% -25.1% 0.6%  
 
Housing Starts (SAAR, thousands) 40 30 4 6 217 Sep-17
% ch. from previous month 6.3% 12.7% -45.6% -13.3% -3.9%  
% ch. from previous year -17.1% 2.0% -20.5% 23.7% -0.8%  
 
International Trade
Merchandise Exports ($millions) $3,600 $8,143 $2,044 $1,058 $39,825 Aug-17
% ch. from previous month 5.0% 6.5% -3.7% 1.3% 6.9%  
% ch. from previous year 4.0% 15.2% 9.3% 2.6% 0.2%  
 
Merchandise Imports ($millions) $4,524 $2,290 $974 $1,776 $47,937 Aug-17
% ch. from previous month 0.3% 3.8% 3.0% 9.6% 8.6%  
% ch. from previous year 5.0% 17.8% 42.3% 5.5% 3.3%  
 
Demographics
Population (estimate) 4,817,160 4,286,134 1,163,925 1,338,109 36,708,083 Q3 2017
% ch. from previous year 1.3% 1.2% 1.3% 1.5% 1.2%  
Largest Cities (CMAs) Vancouver
(2,463,431)
Calgary
(1,392,609)
Saskatoon
(295,095)
Winnipeg*
(778,489)
  2016
  Victoria*
 (367,770)
Edmonton*
 (1,321,426)
Regina*
(236,481)
     

* 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