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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Canadian real GDP by industry at basic prices (seasonally adjusted) increased 0.6% in January. Except for October, GDP has grown every month since June 2016.
The goods-producing industries advanced 1.1% in January. Increases were posted in manufacturing (+1.9%), mining, quarrying & oil and gas extraction (+1.9%), and construction (+0.4%) while utilities (-1.3%) and agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (-0.9%) declined in January.
The services-producing industries rose 0.4%, led by wholesale trade (+2.4%), retail trade (+1.5%), accommodation & food services (+0.9%) and transportation & warehousing (+0.8%). Professional, scientific & technical services (-0.1%), health care & social assistance ...
gross domestic product
Friday, March 31, 2017
Revenues generated in British Columbia’s food service and drinking places industry climbed 1.6% (seasonally adjusted) in January.
Nationally, industry receipts were up 1.5%, with Ontario (+1.8%) being responsible for much of the increase. Modest gains were made among full-service restaurants (+0.2%) and special food services establishments (+0.1%), while drinking (+3.6%) and limited-service eating (+2.9%) places saw more substantial sales boosts.
Data Source: Statistics Canada
Canadian manufacturers’ prices were notably higher (+3.5%) this February than in the same month of 2016. A 26.9% year-over-year surge in the price of energy and petroleum products was the largest contributor to the overall increase, and price boosts for chemicals (+5.2%) and primary non-ferrous metal products (+7.9%) also exerted upward pressure.
The Raw Materials Price Index jumped 23.7% in February, pushed up primarily by a 60.8% spike in the price of crude energy products. Year-over-year declines in prices for animal (-1.0%), crop (-1.0%) and non-metallic minerals (-2.2%) only moderated the overall increase.
Data Source: Statistics ...
industrial product price index
raw materials price index
In 2016, there were 8,761 police officers in British Columbia, an addition of approximately 90 officers since 2015. The number of police per 100,000 population in B.C. (184) was down slightly from the previous year (185). Among the province’s largest cities, there were 1,292 police officers in Vancouver, just over 243 in Victoria, 212 in Abbotsford and 178 in Kelowna, which adds up to 196, 236, 146 and 138 police officers per 100,000 population, respectively.
The province is slightly below the national per capita rate of 190 officers per 100,000 Canadians. With a rate of 200, Saskatchewan had ...
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
British Columbia’s high technology sector is a vital part of the province’s economy. This was reinforced in 2016, when the B.C. government launched a new tech strategy, including a $100-million technology innovation fund to fuel the venture capital market in the province. High technology firms tend to be innovative and efficient. They create goods and services that confer benefits on other parts of the economy by improving productivity and profitability, while at the same time providing relatively high-wage employment.
The picture of British Columbia that emerges from the most recent ...
Friday, March 24, 2017
British Columbia’s consumer price index (CPI) climbed 2.3% (unadjusted) in February compared to the same month of the previous year, which is the same year-over-year rate of inflation measured in January.
According to Statistics Canada, the overall annual inflation rate of 2.3% increases to 2.9% when food is excluded from the index, and declines to 1.8% when energy is excluded.
The overall cost of food decreased (-0.9%) since February of last year. The cost of groceries purchased from stores went down (-2.7%), while the cost of meals purchased from restaurants increased (+2.7%) during the same time ...
Consumer Price Index
Thursday, March 23, 2017
There were a reported 245,400 British Columbians aged 12 or older living with diabetes in 2015. This equates to 6.1% of the population in this age group, slightly lower than the rate for Canadians overall (6.9%). Across the country, rates were higher than the national average (6.9%, or 2.1 million people) in all four Atlantic Provinces and notably lower in Alberta (4.7%). Overall, males across the country were more likely (7.8%) than females (5.9%) to report having diabetes and people younger than 50 were much less likely to have diabetes than were those aged 50 or older.
Data Source: ...
The population of B.C. was estimated at 4,777,157 as of January 1, 2017, growing by 3,812 persons in the last quarter of 2016 (up 0.08% from October 1, 2016).
Combined net in-migration from all sources (inter-provincial and international) totalled 2,632 persons during the fourth quarter of 2016, the largest fourth quarter net migration in the last five years. Broken down, net interprovincial in-migration contributed 3,292 persons to population growth while net international in-migration subtracted 660 persons, due to a decline in non-permanent residents ...
The number of regular Employment Insurance (EI) recipients in B.C. was relatively unchanged (+0.0%, seasonally adjusted) at 55,340 in January. An increase in the number of male beneficiaries (+1.0%) was offset by a decline among female recipients (-1.5%).
Nationally, the number was down slightly (-0.3%), with 567,930 Canadians receiving regular EI benefits in January.
Retail sales in British Columbia climbed at a slightly faster pace (+2.9% in January, seasonally adjusted) than the nation as a whole, which saw sales climb 2.2%. Across the country, retailers in P.E.I. had the largest jump in sales in January (+4.3%), followed by those in Saskatchewan (+3.7%).