VICTORIA - Job growth in Metro Vancouver dipped in September but seasonal employment in sectors such as agriculture and education edged up elsewhere in B.C.
Labour Minister Pat Bell says Metro Vancouver had a loss of 800 jobs last month.
"So fairly flat in Metro Vancouver, and that, I think, is to be expected given the time of the year. Typically we see job growth occurring as we move further into the winter months."
Bell said there were 5,700 new jobs created in the province in September and that most of them were related to international education services.
The bulk of the job growth occurred in the regions, including Prince George, which added 700 jobs in September and set a new record for monthly job growth.
However, the employment rate in northwest B.C. has decreased to 10.5 per cent, from 11.8 per cent in August.
"I think the key is for us to make sure that we're providing every possible opportunity we can for training in the region and to work with people who are finding it challenging to find positions," Bell said.
Across the province, the unemployment rate has increased to 7 per cent, up from 6.7 per cent in August, the Jobs Ministry said.
Bell said that while the government is working on a jobs plan, it's not willing to take any risks when it comes to projects such as the Morrison Mine, which was rejected last week after an environmental review.
The minister said he's hoping the company will try to mitigate the risks posed in the plan for the proposed copper-gold mine near Smithers after an assessment determined a unique species of salmon could be threatened.